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Observations of the day: Shutdown/Debt Ceiling edition

Published Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 11:59 AM EDT
Oct 15 2013

Social media on the shutdown:

Andy Borowitz (Facebook):

BREAKING: Most Hated People in U.S. Deciding Fate of World.

Let's put this shutdown behind us so the trials for treason can begin.

Michele Bachmann: "My Health Plan is Rapture."

As the Republicans go from Abraham Lincoln to Teddy Roosevelt to Ted Cruz, it's no wonder they don't believe in evolution.

Say what you will about America, it's a place where any child, if he's stupid enough, can grow up to wreck the world economy.

If we default on our debt Miley Cyrus will no longer be the most embarrassing thing about America.

Call me an optimist, but I believe our government will come up with a totally unsatisfactory solution to a completely unnecessary crisis.

The behavior of the Tea Party congressmen is the most glaring indictment of our nation's failure to teach math.

Congress has wasted two weeks on a totally unnecessary crisis of its own creation. It's a good thing our schools and roads are in great shape or I'd be mad.

There are people in Congress I would not trust to look after my plants.

WASHINGTON - After a poll showed 50% of Americans blame Republicans for the shutdown and 30% blame Obama, Rep. Michele Bachmann said, "That means we're winning by 20 percent."

Boehner: "The time has come to end this crisis so we can start planning the next one."

BREAKING: GOP Accuse Obama of Acting Like He Won Election

BREAKING: NRA Defends GOP's Right to Use Metaphorical Gun

Basically, the Republicans want a reward for calling in a bomb threat and then retracting it.

Just bought health insurance online. For some weird reason, the country was not destroyed. Anyone else have this problem?

It bothers me that our country may be pushed into default by people who cannot spell default.

Boehner: "We will continue this shutdown until we find out the reason for it."

WASHINGTON - In an escalation of the stalemate gripping the Capitol, House Republicans voted today to shut down the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that controls reasoning and impulses

The shutdown could last awhile since the Tea Party is demanding the President not be black anymore.

I wasn't happy about the country being controlled by the richest one percent, but I really hate it being controlled by the dumbest one percent

Boehner: "The President is stubbornly refusing to end this crisis I created."

WASHINGTON - House Republicans reassured the nation today that during the government shutdown they would continue to work hard to cut benefits for the poor and hungry.

A lot of people are asking when this kind of madness in Washington will end. I believe that can be arranged in 2014.


-@LOLGOP (Twitter)

I'm impressed that no one has made the analogy between Ted Cruz and McMurphy in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.

REMINDER: Michele Bachmann's favorite Founding Father is George Jefferson.

FYI: A nuclear bomb is about to blow up the world's economy and the House GOP will let it go off unless we give a tax break to a corporation.

Political party that pretends Donald Trump is a serious candidate for anything isn't a political party anymore, it's a cry for help.

House Republicans. Willing to destroy what's left of the global economy to avoid a primary challenge.

BREAKING: Ted Cruz and House Republicans meet in private to write open letter to Miley Cyrus, plot a global financial crisis.

Columbus discovered America the same way Republicans discovered the deficit when Obama became president.

Republicans waited to wage war on birth control until 50 years after it was invented. Next: Stop the miniskirt!


-@pourmecoffee (Twitter)

Schoolhouse Rock is working on a new "How A Bill Becomes Law" but it's taking a while because not much rhymes with "hostage."

Boehner should just show up in a Hawaiian shirt chomping a cigar and say "whatever" to everything.

The real victim in this is legitimate Kabuki theater.

Maybe if the History Channel showed history instead of pawn shops and alligators less people would carry Confederate flags.

Hi, we're the most powerful nation in all of recorded history, may we please have our allowance?

Congress is going to wait until the very last minute and look up budget deals in Wikipedia.

Ted Cruz: Mr. Obama, tear down these barricades!**
(** Put up because of my 21-hour speech directly leading to this outcome.)

Don't tread on me, except getting me to donate money and vote against my own interests, you can tread on me that way.

I don't think Spock could handle mind-melding with John Boehner, even for a moment. The madness. The sorrow. It would break a mind.


Sarah Reese Jones (Twitter)

John McCain warns Dems not to humiliate GOP as the VP he picked stands near Confederate Flag in front of WH accusing Obama of being Muslim.

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Quotes of the day: Friedrich Nietzsche

Published Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 12:10 AM EDT
Oct 15 2013

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (October 15, 1844 - August 25, 1900) was a German philologist, philosopher, cultural critic, poet and composer. He wrote several critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy and science, displaying a fondness for metaphor, irony and aphorism. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.

A thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us.

A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy.

Against war it may be said that it makes the victor stupid and the vanquished revengeful.

Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.

All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.

At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid.

Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

Excessive productivity can bring the most gifted man almost to madness.

"Faith" means not wanting to know what is true.

He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torments of man.

If there is something to pardon in everything, there is also something to condemn.

Insanity in the individual is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.

It is easier to cope with a bad conscience than with a bad reputation.

It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.

It says nothing against the ripeness of a spirit that it has a few worms.

Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.

Not that you lied to me but that I no longer believe you- that is what has shaken me.

One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.

One will rarely err if extreme actions be ascribed to vanity, ordinary actions to habit, and mean actions to fear.

Sensuality often makes love grow too quickly, so that the root remains weak and is easy to pull out.

Some are born posthumously.

Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.

That which does not kill me makes me stronger.

The advantage of a bad memory is that, several times over, one enjoys the same good things for the first time.

The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.

The man who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself.

The most common sort of lie is the one uttered to one's self.

The most instructive experiences are those of everyday life.

The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments.

The thought of suicide is a powerful solace: by means of it one gets through many a bad night.

The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.

There are no facts, only interpretations.

Two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity.

We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.

What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil.

What we once did "for the sake of God" we now do for the sake of money.

Whatever harm the evil may do, the harm done by the good is the most harmful harm.

When a man is in love he endures more than at other times; he submits to everything.

Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called "Ego."

Woman was God's second mistake.

You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.

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