Also closed due to shutdown for some reason: The U.S. military cemetery in Normandy; Update: “Because we have a tea party”

posted at 5:21 pm on October 3, 2013 by Allahpundit

Not just the one in Normandy, either. All 24 overseas cemeteries are being shuttered while the shutdown is on because … that’s just the way it is. Presumably it has to do with lack of funding for security. In that case, do the children and grandchildren of fallen American soldiers who’ve flown across the ocean to pay their respects really need to be policed to make sure they don’t vandalize anything? If you’re worried about the locals doing something like that, you could close the cemetery overnight and ask for volunteers to stand watch and call the cops if any opportunistic miscreants swing by during the day. I’m reasonably sure you could find volunteers for a job like that. But once again, the government wants to maximize hardship during the shutdown, not mitigate it.

So if you’re in Normandy right now and hoping to visit grandpa’s grave, I guess this is a lesson to you to be careful about supporting parties that support shutdowns.

Tourists travelling to Omaha Beach to pay their respects to the 9,387 military dead at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial will find it closed, a victim of the U.S. government’s partial shutdown.

The site overlooking the D-Day invasion beaches is one of 24 U.S. military cemeteries overseas that have closed to visitors since Monday. Ten more cemeteries in France, as well as others in various European countries as well as Mexico, Panama, Tunisia and the Philippines, will remain closed for the duration of the shutdown.

Legal Insurrection is calling on the GOP to offer a small funding bill aimed at re-opening the cemeteries. No doubt they will, given the play this story’s getting in the news today, and no doubt Reid will instruct has caucus to vote no on it just like he wants them to vote no on restoring NIH funds for kids with cancer. It’s more important to maintain the “no negotiation” posture and deny the GOP any opportunity to ease the consequences of the shutdown than to, say, let the kids of the men who died on Omaha Beach into the cemetery in Normandy. If they can’t impose a hardship on living vets to teach people that Shutdowns Are Bad, maybe they can get ’em in death.

Exit question: Anyone else think MLB and the NFL, if only for the publicity value to them, might be willing to offer free TV rights to their games to the Pentagon while the shutdown is on so that troops stationed overseas can watch? Has anyone at the Pentagon even asked them?

Update: Presented without comment.

As Politico reported Thursday, during the 1995 government shutdown congressional Republicans and President Bill Clinton were able to agree to a “stopgap bill to assure funding for veterans, welfare recipients and the District of Columbia.”

Why won’t Senate Democrats and President Obama agree now to any more stopgap funding bills?

Senator Chuck Schumer of New York told THE WEEKLY STANDARD following a noon press conference Thursday that in 1995 “it was a different world.” Why is that? “Because we have a Tea Party,” Schumer said without elaborating as he walked away.

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Actually it’s a different and non-negaotiable world because we have Obama-he’s the one who won’t negotiate except with actual killing type Muslim extremists-those are good people to negotiate with.

If they can’t even get a basic program to purchase health insurance to run correctly when they had three years to prepare how are they actually going to do anything complicated, like actually deliver the health insurance? Why won’t they back off a year on the start?

talkingpoints on October 3, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Slightly O/T

Hey Resist We Much — drop me a line. I need to converse with you offthread.

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platypus on October 3, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Forgery on October 3, 2013 at 8:38 PM


Oh, and as always,


Del Dolemonte on October 3, 2013 at 11:05 PM

So if the cemetery is closed, how will anyone know that someone is there?

GarandFan on October 3, 2013 at 9:49 PM

They have security guards to make sure no one goes where they don’t have any money for security guards. Why is this so hard? /

Ronnie on October 4, 2013 at 12:15 AM

“Because we have a Tea Party,”

Yes. And because the Tea Party threatens the status quo of going along to get along both parties are keen to destroy it. The Tea Party wants to put the power back in the hands of the people. Can’t have that, now can we?

Antivenin on October 4, 2013 at 2:20 AM

“Because we have a Tea Party,”

Whereas the Republican Party makes no difference at all. It’s part of the system, not part of the real opposition.

That’s why nobody got punished when the IRS shut down the Tea Party to help Obama get re-elected.

David Blue on October 4, 2013 at 6:46 AM

Well, at least the light bringer blinked on shutting down the service academy football games. His buds at the networks would have had to scramble to find replacement games to show. We wouldn’t want to have all those blank screens filled with the Best of Barry speeches, now would we. Why doesn’t France and those other countries reopen the cemeteries like Walker reopened the state parks in WI that were near fed lands. I guess we can forget about the idea that at some point the left will open their eyes and see just how idiotic their plans and direction for the country is. Thanks, Chucky, for bursting that bubble.

Kissmygrits on October 4, 2013 at 9:42 AM

One half expects Obama to announce that, in light of the shutdown, he has been forced to start killing small, furry animals. Then, the “Amen Chorus” in the media can promptly start running stories about how the Republican party has been taken hostage by the extreme small, furry animal-hating Tea Party.

morganfrost on October 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

So if I protest something that’s wrong and you react inappropriately, then I’m guilty of doing that inappropriate thing?

My God, the illogic of the liberal mind!

CrustyB on October 4, 2013 at 11:39 AM

…you love to use to showoff your alleged patriotism.

cornfedbubba on October 3, 2013 at 5:35 PM

At least the cornfed fool doesn’t “allege” any patriotism of its own.

(Of course, people would just laugh at him and call him a liar.)

Solaratov on October 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Senator Chuck Schumer of New York told THE WEEKLY STANDARD following a noon press conference Thursday that in 1995 “it was a different world.” Why is that? “Because we have a Tea Party,” Schumer said without elaborating as he walked away.

Cruz has about 10 associates. Who’s the tea party?


Schumer doesn’t have a clue either.

LOL, they thought they knew how to kill the tea party

Want to impress the woman of your dreams? Beat up a baby. Works like a charm. Want to stop a bunch of angry parents? Beat up one of their children, for the good of the nation. I can teach these guys to pick up women too, because right now, looks like they have to pay for it

entagor on October 4, 2013 at 2:10 PM

News for armed force overseas sports broadcasters

Defense One
One more way shutdown hurts troops ‎- 22 hours ago
Armed Forces Network stops broadcasting NFL, MLBN games as troops serving overseas feel more impact of US Government shutdown.

jpcpt03 on October 4, 2013 at 3:18 PM