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The GOPers are at it again. As much as I prefer to reach across the aisle and try and remember that "we are all Americans together," this is not one of those days.

I am thoroughly sick and tired of the GOP and their snot-faced toddler antics. First destroy the toy room and telling everyone the toys are broken, but refrain from mentioning that they themselves broke the toys in a fit.

Blame it on the other kid, any other kid.

And when that doesn't work out, when we the people insist they eat their broccoli, and scrub their stinky cracks at bath time, the GOP holds their breath and your paycheck indefinitely, while throwing themselves down on the sidewalk, blocking traffic and turning purple.

Tell me, when you think of it this way, that spanking sounds like a terrible idea, I dare you, except I suspect these guys would enjoy it too much. Of all the emotionally stunted, idiot antics, I have had to live through these past 3 decades. Another government shut down because the GOP didn't get their way--gosh, no one saw that coming AGAIN!

Friday is going to be Severe weather day for Oklahoma. Strong to severe thunderstorms are expected to drench the state throughout the day. Since yesterday, the Gulf moisture has been getting decidedly thicker as it moves in from the south. The meteorological precursor for the storms to come.

So like any good Okie, I visited the NOAA website at and this is the quote I found:

Due to the Federal government shutdown, and most associated web sites
are unavailable.

Only web sites necessary to protect lives
and property will be maintained.

See for critical weather
information or contact for more
information about the shutdown.

NOAA Federal Employees: For access to the
Notice to Federal Employees About Unemployment
Insurance (SF-8), please Click Here.

I was even directed to an entirely different site.

Here is your breath-holding, moment of zen right here. We have winter storm warnings popping up in the rockies, we have severe weather coming to the plains, and we have the GOP doing a circle jerk on the hill in an attempt to get their way.

This isn't just closing down national parks. The furlow of workers is awful and I do sympathize, and this is how it culminates:  You know who else depends on NOAA? The military, your Airline pilots and Air Traffic Controllers, your Ferry Captains, and Bus drivers, your Teachers, and Police Officers, and people like me and you. Can you imagine if NOAA had been shut down during the floods in Colorado? or during tornado season in Oklahoma or the rest of Tornado alley? There are winter storm warnings bearing down on the Rockies right now as a type.

I realize I am preaching to the choir here, but I will say it again anyhow.

The people running the GOP right now don't care about what we need. They don't give a flying shit in the dark if you or I live or die right now. That party has made it abundantly clear starting with Katrina, and pervasively with their constant denial of affordable health care, and their attacks on secular charities (see Faith Based Initiatives), the constant attempt to defund organizations like Planned Parenthood, that provided cancer and other reproductive exams and diagnosis, and treatments on a sliding scale to the poor and indigent; their attacks on SNAP, to deny even children and the elderly FOOD for shit's sake! And their attempts to deny lawful citizens the vote, starting in 2007 attacking victims of predatory lending who were newly homeless, and culminating with attacks on voter registration in areas dominated by women and other minorities. They don't consider US their constituents. We can't pay enough for that, and many of us are the wrong color, gender, or religion, or sexual orientation, or wrong economic status to receive concern from the likes of them.

They have their own agenda, and it doesn't revolve around the whole population of the USA. They only want to line their own pockets, they only want to empower their favored churches, and businesses (which these days seem one and the same), they only want to help men, and really only straight, rich, Christian, white ones. They only want to make room for a way of life that is neither sustainable nor healthy on too many levels to list here.

The GOP wants only a few things from the rest of us: our wealth for their wealth extraction schemes, and for working Americans to have a short, productive life that can be exploited, and a hasty, silent death, so the GOP and their supporters don't have to face what they have done.

I hope we can get this batch out of Office ASAP and block the election and appointment of their proteges`. This bullshit has got to go. I long to see adults in office with fully functional, executive functions in their brains.

Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 6:53 AM PT: There is now a hurricane Watch in the Gulf of Mexico

Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 6:58 AM PT: An Okie writes:  Dear Congress I am Dying. She cannot get health care because of a pre-existing condition. The shut down is about denying American's access to health care, out of spite. It has real consequences on real people. So the GOP shuts the government down, because they want to run their own death panels.

Originally posted to GreenMother on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 06:03 AM PDT.

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  •  FLOTUS could say deep breathing is good for you... (8+ / 0-)

    ...and then...

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 06:09:52 AM PDT

  •  We've Spent Half a Century Building This Nation (15+ / 0-)

    to be this way, from the corner drug store and the local school board all the way to the White House.

    You could replace the GOP with Jesus and the Disciples and this country would still work for the average Jill and Joe just about the same as it's working this week with the representatives we've got.

    We do need to run the GOP into a negligible minority, which is not much harder to imagine than swimming matches held on Pluto, but all that will do is enable us to begin figuring out how to create a responsible democracy south of Canada.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 06:20:55 AM PDT

  •  Amen, Sister! (13+ / 0-)

    Let me add that the GOP want one more thing: They want to prove to us that their belief that federal government "doesn't work" is True.

    What they're actually demonstrating, though, is that they can't run federal government: Operating the complexities and managing the size of a government that effectively serves its citizens' needs is beyond their poor capacity. They want us to believe that it's government's fault they can't handle the jobs to which we elected them.

    That's like blaming a hammer for my inability to strike a nail squarely.

    Stupidity. On vivid display now, sponsored and demonstrated by House Republicans and the Tea Party.

    "Until Justice rolls down like waters and Righteousness like a mighty stream" — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by vahana on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 06:31:37 AM PDT

    •  I wish that were true, but I truly perceive *SOME (8+ / 0-)

      of them to be perfectly capable, but unwilling.

      I can easily forgive stupid people. They can't help it.

      But this?

      This is done on purpose.

      Gentlemen, congratulations. You're everything we've come to expect from years of government training (Zed, MIB).

      by GreenMother on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 06:35:08 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  The problem with the federal government (7+ / 0-)

      is that it has been too focused on the natural person. Yes, I know private corporations seem to be in charge, but that's because Congress is using them as a tool and a conduit for votes to keep themselves in office. That's why Congress has not taken charge and defined private corporations as entities that are to be strictly limited, just like our public corporations are. Congress likes having rogue private corporations doing their dirty work and letting their cohorts in the states "control" them with charters. Let's not forget that most corps owe their legal status to states like Delaware, North Dakota and Nevada. New York has a monopoly on banks, which North Carolina sought to challenge, and which accounts for why Schneiderman seems to be the only AG in the country that can do anything about them.

      What "social programs" like Social Security, VA and railroad pensions, Medicare, Medicaid and the Obamacare subsidies do is transfer dollars directly from the Treasury to individuals, instead of having them laundered through the Federal Reserve and contracted out to corporations for military toys. Congress has no control over the dollars in the social trust funds. Ergo, they can't manipulate the recipients as they want. Obamacare is a tipping point. Soon all Congressional power will be lost. Like the bankers, Congress critters can look forward to being glorified book keepers.

  •  Weather Links (7+ / 0-)

    Always good to see a fellow Sooner here!

    If you're looking for weather links, this might help.

    On the main topic of your post: alas, I fear our state is so gerrymandered and so thoroughly in the clutches of the religious right that we won't escape in my lifetime.  Nationally, there is some marginal reason to hope.  Locally?  I don't think so.

    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. -- Arthur C. Clarke

    by mathGuyNTulsa on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 06:34:20 AM PDT

    •  Thanks MathGuyNTulsa. (5+ / 0-)

      Still, it would be nice to have NOAA back. After all that's my tax dollars that pay for that program. The GOP act as if it's their personal money, and it's not. They shouldn't be able to do this so easily, this many times in a row.

      Gentlemen, congratulations. You're everything we've come to expect from years of government training (Zed, MIB).

      by GreenMother on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 08:12:18 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  It occured to me that when Occupyers went (6+ / 0-)

        on a general strike, they got gased and beaten and arrested.

        Our Legislature does it and they expect us to throw a freaken parade for them or something.

        But you notice they are never too busy to vote themselves another raise. Just too busy to make this government work like it's supposed to, which is to say, for all citizens.

        Gentlemen, congratulations. You're everything we've come to expect from years of government training (Zed, MIB).

        by GreenMother on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 08:13:42 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I told my GOPer rep to go ahead (2+ / 0-)
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          Calamity Jean, GreenMother

          and vote to shut down the government, b/c I would be fighting to get his ass kicked out of office next election cycle.

          I will, too.

          Slimesucking scumbag.

          Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

          by Youffraita on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 05:04:39 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  That was beautiful. Thanks. n/t (4+ / 0-)
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    burnt out, GreenMother, LinSea, maryabein

    Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. --Edward Abbey

    by ricklewsive on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 06:52:53 AM PDT

  •  The sun rises every morning and sets every night. (6+ / 0-)

    And the GOP does something utterly insane with the same regularity.  I can't come up with anything to say about them that isn't already known to anyone with even half of their brain cells intact. But to state the obvious, they are hateful, greedy, self serving bigoted, assholes whose apparent mission in life is fanning the flames of hatred in order to keep the underprivileged right where they are and making sure that they and their wealthy friends remain on the top of the heap. Every time they open their mouths, they prove it to me.

    Just give me some truth. John Lennon

    by burnt out on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 06:54:44 AM PDT

  •  No, they don't want money, except as a tool. (5+ / 0-)

    The authoritarians have discovered that by using money and the law as a two-pronged weapon they can keep the populace under control. Bribery on the one hand and punishment on the other.
    The problem is that bribery hasn't been working all that well. The little recession they engineered in 2008 did not work out as planned, so the screws had to be tightened. Then in 2010, it looked like the screws had worked, but what had been done in 2009 and legislatively delayed for four years was not to be undone and the 2012 election brought even worse results. So, the screw-drivers are in a state of desperation. The screw can only be turned so far.

    So, where we are at now is that the threat of punishment has to be enhanced. Since the sequester didn't have the desired effect and neither ordinary voters, women, immigrants or students were properly deterred, they'll just have to shut the whole thing down for a while and see who blinks first.

    My guess is that, like Wall Street, the citizenry has become immune to these games. Also, the shadow economy, which Congress does not control, has now grown to two trillion dollars a year. That's as big as the whole health care industry, including capital construction and investment, was in 2004 when Howard Dean started this whole kerfuffle. The shadow economy is beyond intimidation.
    If the people can wrest control of the dollar from Congress and made them dispense it like a utility, then government by the people can begin to flower.

  •  I prefer to think of it as... (10+ / 0-)

    The GOP holding their breath until the entire country turns Blue. A Bluer America can only be a better America, right?

    On a more somber note, the suffering in the interim is purely the fault of the GOP, and I hope that there is as little as possible, and that this reaches resolution sooner rather than later. Any political benefits gained from this disastrous GOP action aren't going to help the lives and families that are hanging in the balance right now.

    "When people show you who they really are, believe them." - Maya Angelou

    by Pennsylvanian on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 08:06:40 AM PDT

  •  I hate to post and run, but I have chores! (6+ / 0-)

    I shall be back to check the comment section.

    Thanks to everyone for stopping by. I don't really see this as news, so much as me just expressing my disappointment, displeasure and anger about the idiocy.

    Lets hope today ends on a better note for all those furloughed employees.

    And if your employer cut hours because of the health care exchange--please write a diary about it. I want to know where not to shop.

    Gentlemen, congratulations. You're everything we've come to expect from years of government training (Zed, MIB).

    by GreenMother on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 08:10:27 AM PDT

    •  Yesterday I used nearly the same image & words (4+ / 0-)

      (as your headline) when I contacted some of the GOP overlords.

      I wrote, "You've repeatedly failed to repeal the ACA legitimately. So you're holding the nation hostage until we let you do it unConstitutionally.

      "You're behaving like a spoiled child, except instead of holding your own breath, you're strangling the innocent--the veterans you claim to serve, the workers in your big marble playpen, and hundreds of thousands more. Since you are obviously shameless, I am ashamed for you."

  •  I dare call it treason!!! (3+ / 0-)

    I have sent the following message to John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and the entire House Budget Comittee:

    "On the GOP government shutdown

    I dare call it treason!!!  

    Vote a clean c.r. NOW or we are coming with our pitchforks, our knives, our canes our guns and our nooses..."

    •  Yea, I hope you didn't really send that (0+ / 0-)

      You might get a visit from someone in order to determine if you are an actual violent threat.

      Passion is good, but violent threats, not so much.

      Gentlemen, congratulations. You're everything we've come to expect from years of government training (Zed, MIB).

      by GreenMother on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 06:11:28 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  BTW, you can't actually hold your breath until you (3+ / 0-)

    die UNLESS you're in a place where there's no air to breathe (e.g., underwater).

    You'll pass out first and then your respiratory drive will start breathing normally.

    We don't want our country back, we want our country FORWARD. --Eclectablog

    by Samer on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 10:35:46 AM PDT

  •  Or exsanguination, (1+ / 0-)
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    Death by 10,000 cuts.

  •  Resentment and Its Karma (4+ / 0-)

    There's an aphorism about the effects of resentment, based on what I believe is a karmic effect, that goes:

    Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.

    The GOP teabaggers sure resent someone, most likely those who don't roll over for their ideas, or flawed leadership. They then all suffer the 'karma' of self-righteousness: unchecked hubris, self-isolation, inability to see or accept criticism, and setting themselves up for a condemnation from their own self-identified faith, pride - the original 'sin.'

    The teabaggers, and their elected GOP reps have taken the poison...will we die?

    People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome. - George Orwell

    by paz3 on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 10:53:46 AM PDT

  •  Sadly, Oklahoma is ground zero for the twister.... (3+ / 0-)

    ...that is mangling our government.  If we are going to rebuild our country, perhaps the place to start would be Oklahoma.

    I have Okie roots and I can tell you the sheer meanness and depravity of Oklahoma's elected officials does not accurately reflect the kind people who live there or perhaps I should say who DID live there when I visited as a child.

    They were the warmest people I have ever met. Of course, they were relatives, but aren't we all?

    I believe that if Oklahoma can find its heart again, we can take back this nation. Perhaps instead of writing it off as hopelessly deluded we should take on the task of bringing Oklahoma back into the blue column.

    Then we can truly change America.

    If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

    by Bensdad on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 11:24:55 AM PDT

  •  GOP making OTHERS hold their breath... (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Don't forget (1+ / 0-)
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    Hurricane season isn't over yet. There are still systems developing in the tropics, and you know what happened LAST October, right?

    Everything that is currently happening in DC makes me wonder even more how it is that we have the balls to try and install a "functional democracy" in other peoples' countries.

    It also makes me wonder who's going to come install one for us...

    I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

    by mojo11 on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 01:26:54 PM PDT

  •  Storm Prediction Center web site is still up. (1+ / 0-)
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    Storm Prediction Center

    You'll find all pending and active severe thunderstorm and tornado watches there.

    For active warnings (severe thunderstorm, tornado, flash flood), you can visit this site maintained by the College of DuPage: Severe Weather Warnings

    •  I can read it okay, but it's not easy to use for (0+ / 0-)

      most people. Ask most people what a convective outlook means and they just sigh and stare at you. The web site that is down is an interactive Map of the US, that when you engage it in certain states or regions, brings up county maps that show watch boxes by county, and with further clicks brings you to the local forecast by zip code.

      Much easier to use and read than the maps you provided. However it is better than nothing I suppose.

      The convenience of the maps, is that you can access them any time. Otherwise you have to search for television weathermen clips, wait for them to download, if they do, put up with all the ads, that might slow your computer down, etc., or try and catch the weather forecast on the tee vee periodically.

      Gentlemen, congratulations. You're everything we've come to expect from years of government training (Zed, MIB).

      by GreenMother on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 06:17:24 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I apologize for being gone for the rest of the day (0+ / 0-)

    and night. My computer suffered some mysterious malady last night, and I had to let the resident computer wiz fix it. And that didn't happen until late.

    I got up this morning,  We have cross winds and a low ceiling, lots of scud clouds and the humidity is oppressive, just like yesterday but with more wind and clouds.

    I managed to finally catch the local weather, and I guess it looks worse than it is. We might get about an inch of rain tomorrow.

    Be safe everyone and if the GOP thinks "Obamacare" is bad, wait til they find out that many of us are going to be pushing that envelope til we finally get real, single payer.

    OMG! The Huge Manatee!

    Gentlemen, congratulations. You're everything we've come to expect from years of government training (Zed, MIB).

    by GreenMother on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 06:21:26 AM PDT

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