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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obama is eclectic – wake up AP.

Schadenfreude on October 3, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Throw up more Barrycades!

John the Libertarian on October 3, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Also, presented – mostly – without comment:

Ed Schultz Touts Obamacare Snafus as … ‘the Free Market Working’!

It’s definitely ‘Fly Your Я3t@rD Flag Day!’

Resist We Much on October 3, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Payback is going to be a beeatch for this anti American thugs…

d1carter on October 3, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Have they put barrycades around Tranquility Base yet?

Mark1971 on October 3, 2013 at 5:26 PM

NPD is such a terrible disease…

d1carter on October 3, 2013 at 5:27 PM

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.

IRS targeting the Tea Party. Congressmen targeting the Tea Party. The President thinks the Tea Party should be “thanking” him. Democrats need to be beat over the head with that quote. BEAT.

Eviva on October 3, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Why are Democrats so upset at conservatives? To paraphrase Tony Stark from the Avengers movie, “We have a Hulk-ing Tea Party.” Deal with it, Schmucky Chucky.

Mallard T. Drake on October 3, 2013 at 5:28 PM

More proof that the right is being victimized by the shutdown it caused, because all WW vets are conservatives.

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?

As with the Vietnam Memorial, could it be that typical acts of vandalism are caused by tourists unrelated to families of the fallen? Or we saying that vandalism isn’t a concern, and that every museum and federal tourist site should remain open and operate without staff or security?

bayam on October 3, 2013 at 5:28 PM

What a petty, evil, little man Obama is.

If I were at a foreign cemetery, I’d just announce I am waiving the closure and go in. I’ve got as much authority to waive the laws as Obama does.

Dusty on October 3, 2013 at 5:29 PM

In my mind this is confirmation that the IRS is being used to punish Americans that disagree with the thug Progs…Schumer and Dear Leader are cut out of the same littl man mold. Brothers in arms for the Prog effort.

d1carter on October 3, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Because the electorate must be punished.

Fcuk you Chucky.

Jeff Weimer on October 3, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Watch the video at LegalI…I just was and then flipped over here.
Somebody have any BP meds for me…I’ll just have a drink.

MontanaMmmm on October 3, 2013 at 5:30 PM

The GOP should just present a legitimate budget. Make hay out of the dems voting it down — AGAIN.

No more stop-gaps, no more CR’s. A budget.

CurtZHP on October 3, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Is the cemetery in Mexico for soldiers killed in the Mexican-American War?

Mark1971 on October 3, 2013 at 5:31 PM

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.

In other words, a real opposition rather than a faux, country club “opposition” wink, wink, that goes along to get along.

rbj on October 3, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Seriously, the best move for the GOP right now is to keep passing stuff and shut up. The Dems are saying everything that needs to be said.

Chris of Rights on October 3, 2013 at 5:31 PM

I traveled to Normandy specifically to see all the D-Day sights, explored every beach and brought home little jars of sand from each one.

I can’t tell you how angry I would be to get there only to find Dog Eater had shut them down, especially when they really are wide open spaces for the most part. The only “staffer” I saw at the big cemetery at Colleville was an elderly French veteran passing out little maps.

Bishop on October 3, 2013 at 5:31 PM

bayam on October 3, 2013 at 5:28 PM

If they don’t require expenditure to remain open, then they should. The WWI, WWI, Lincoln, Korea, and Vietnam memorials are unmanned at night. If vandalism were such a problem….

Jeff Weimer on October 3, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Also closed due to shutdown for some reason: The U.S. military cemetery in Normandy

Likely because the dead there are not the swing Dem-voting dead.

whatcat on October 3, 2013 at 5:32 PM

ny senator chuck u scumbag. Loathsome, despicable bastard.

rightside on October 3, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Soccer Moms beware, Obama has declared open season on you if you get near one of his barrycades

faraway on October 3, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Or we saying that vandalism isn’t a concern, and that every museum and federal tourist site should remain open and operate without staff or security?

bayam on October 3, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Who would vandalize these memorials?

Anti-war, anti-American liberals who call these veterans baby killers.

sentinelrules on October 3, 2013 at 5:33 PM

This is all out for the Tea Party. They’re scared to death of people who believe in the constitution. This is Harry Reid’s Ideological version of the Bataan Death March.

birdhurd on October 3, 2013 at 5:34 PM

There is a special place in hell for Democrats. Name any major coastal city, including Detroit.

patman77 on October 3, 2013 at 5:34 PM

“The TEA party is dead”

Schadenfreude on October 3, 2013 at 5:34 PM

All this concern trolling is so cute.

Shut down the government with a prolonged Obamacare temper tantrum, then get all madbro about the government ACTUALLY shutting down and having it impact all the shiny political pawns you love to use to showoff your alleged patriotism.

Something tells me you’re less than concerned about the Head Start programs being shuttered, WIC program being shutdown, and federal workers who now have no paycheck.

cornfedbubba on October 3, 2013 at 5:35 PM

The president is doing everything he can to blame the tea party and make it stick. And the MSM will do everything it can to support him in his efforts. We know Obama, the evil One, has several pressure points: the tea party, Rush, Fox News, and conservative Republicans. He’s such a sensitive child.

mobydutch on October 3, 2013 at 5:36 PM

As with the Vietnam Memorial, could it be that typical acts of vandalism are caused by tourists unrelated to families of the fallen? Or we saying that vandalism isn’t a concern, and that every museum and federal tourist site should remain open and operate without staff or security?

bayam on October 3, 2013 at 5:28 PM

You’ve been schooled on this how many times now? Most of these spaces have NO staff or security, you can visit them at 0400 on New Years Day and would be hard pressed to find another tourist much less a staffer or security guard.

The cemeteries in Normandy are similar, the gates are for show, they don’t even lock, they’re meant to provide a sense of majesty as you enter.

Quit being dense just to provide cover for what you know is pure pettiness on the part of your Dog Eating Boy.

Bishop on October 3, 2013 at 5:36 PM

cornfedpig, Harry Reid hates the kids with cancer.

Schadenfreude on October 3, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Something tells me you’re less than concerned about the Head Start programs being shuttered, WIC program being shutdown, and federal workers who now have no paycheck.

cornfedbubba on October 3, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Pretty much.

Fewer federal workers with paychecks = fewer Union Dues = fewer Union money used in elections.

sentinelrules on October 3, 2013 at 5:37 PM

And one day the Tea Party will get even with UpChuck Schumer.

Viator on October 3, 2013 at 5:37 PM

And stinking tourists

birdhurd on October 3, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Treason

TX-96 on October 3, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Why are Democrats so upset at conservatives? To paraphrase Tony Stark from the Avengers movie, “We have a Hulk-ing Tea Party.” Deal with it, Schmucky Chucky.

Mallard T. Drake on October 3, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Ooh oooh ooh can this be Chuck U Schumer.

MontanaMmmm on October 3, 2013 at 5:38 PM

So now its different because the the tea party?

All that means to me is WAAAA WAAAAA

watertown on October 3, 2013 at 5:38 PM

The memorials are always open and unattended. Occasionally a park guy or gal walk by.

More effort and dough are put into shutting them down now, due to the obamababytantrum

The world sees the new US as a potentate-run land, like Zimbabwe.

She does have her own OMugabe.

Schadenfreude on October 3, 2013 at 5:38 PM

“Because we have a Tea Party,”

Awesome. He’s fearful. The ground is shifting beneath their feet.

HotAirian on October 3, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Just exactly how soon will Boehner cave?

I think this weekend.

bgibbs1000 on October 3, 2013 at 5:39 PM

? More proof that the right is being victimized by the shutdown it caused, because all WW vets are conservatives.

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?

As with the Vietnam Memorial, could it be that typical acts of vandalism are caused by tourists unrelated to families of the fallen? Or we saying that vandalism isn’t a concern, and that every museum and federal tourist site should remain open and operate without staff or security?

bayam on October 3, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Have you ever seen an aerial photo of the WWII Memorial?

B-, Bu-, But, We Must Erect And Man Barricades On An Open-Air Plaza During A Shutdown That Is Open 24/7/365 When The Government Is Open!

Now, let me tell you a few things:

1) The WWII Memorial was funded by PRIVATE money.

2) There have NEVER been ANY barricades at it.

3) It cost MrAssHO! more money to erect and man the barricades yesterday than it would have to simply ignore the WWII vets.

4) The WWII vets could mosey on over to the WWI Memorial to engage in ‘First Amendment activities,’ but not visit the WWII for which they paid for with their blood, sweat, time, and money…because Obama is a ‘the smahhhtest man to evah f*cking live or something!’

5) Clueless Man is shutting down PRIVATELY-OWNED PARKS that are PRIVATELY-FUNDED that are leased on Federal land, which is a BREACH OF THOSE LEASES. Guess what that means, genius? He has put the Federal government IN BREACH OF CONTRACT and on the hook for a shitload of money, including loss profits and wages.

6) MrAssHO! tried to shutdown Mount Vernon, you know, the Home of George Washington, WHICH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES NOT OWN…’cuz, like, um, ya know, he was the first black editor of the Harrrvahd Law Review and a Constitutional Law P3fFsS0Я (Not!) and he is soooooooooo brilliant or something!!!

7) Omaha Beach and Iwo Jima were closed when those ‘old farts’ stormed both of them and, trust me, MrAssHO! is neither Hitler nor Hirohito. He might be a thuggish, lawless b@stard, but he’s a muffin…as Putin has proved over and over again.

8) As usual, you show up and prove that you are as stupid as evah.

BTW: I saw a video of a very black WWII vet at the Memorial yesterday, who said, and I quote:

‘We are gonna fight like hell!’

The odds are about 5% that he was a Conservative.

Resist We Much on October 3, 2013 at 5:39 PM

*Question. Is a bill to reopen national parks to be reintroduced today in a way that would require only a simple majority to pass? A great idea. Can’t find any info.

kunegetikos on October 3, 2013 at 5:39 PM

More proof that the right is being victimized by the shutdown it caused, because all WW vets are conservatives.

bayam on October 3, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Decorated WW2 veteran and former US Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-O’bamaland) could not be reached for comment. In 2000, Inouye actually demanded that then-Vice President Algore not certify the Electoral College vote formally recognizing Chimpy Bush as the winner of that election.

Looney-Left USA Today publisher Al Neuharth, who kicked the bucket last year, was a member of the famed 10th Mountain Division in WW2.

And Looney-Left Democrat George McGovern, who lost 49 states in 1972, got a Silver Star in WW2.

F-

Del Dolemonte on October 3, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Something tells me you’re less than concerned about the Head Start programs being shuttered, WIC program being shutdown, and federal workers who now have no paycheck.

cornfedbubba on October 3, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Something tells me that the senate majority leader isn’t all that concerned about kids with cancer.

Bishop on October 3, 2013 at 5:40 PM

They’ve been shutting down parking lots.
Like to trail heads. There’s no reason to do that.

What’s incredible is the beginning of all this. That the Dems shoved this law through with no opposition support. Now, arguably over 50% of the population is bitterly opposed to it. For a law that impacts all our lives in such a personal and major way, you got to get some degree of consensus that it is the right thing to do, otherwise the law is going to just tear society apart. The Dems went too far. Defund Obamacare!

anotherJoe on October 3, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Uy, I hate these auto play video ads. And these ‘Celebrity Wire’ ones are the worst. And the ‘C’ in their logo is deliberately trying to mimic the Islamic crescent. Hot Air is a soft-Conservative joke, which promotes Islam, and everyone on its pathetic staff should be behind bars. I only read it for the comments.

WhatSlushfund on October 3, 2013 at 5:40 PM

This is all out for the Tea Party. They’re scared to death of people who believe in the constitution. This is Harry Reid’s Ideological version of the Bataan Death March.

birdhurd on October 3, 2013 at 5:34 PM

This is an awful lot of effort to punish a “vanishingly tiny minority of right wing extremists.” Guess they aren’t so “tiny” after all.

Doomberg on October 3, 2013 at 5:40 PM

‘Biking through New York’s boroughs in 2005, I thought about some old friends, Joe and Eileen Bailey. Though they are imaginary, I frequently talk to them.’

- Senator Charles Schumer

Resist We Much on October 3, 2013 at 5:41 PM

All this concern trolling is so cute.

Shut down the government with a prolonged Obamacare temper tantrum, then get all madbro about the government ACTUALLY shutting down and having it impact all the shiny political pawns you love to use to showoff your alleged patriotism.

Something tells me you’re less than concerned about the Head Start programs being shuttered, WIC program being shutdown, and federal workers who now have no paycheck.

cornfedbubba on October 3, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Ah, I see Happy Hour is here. How’s tonight’s bottle of Everclear treating you?

Del Dolemonte on October 3, 2013 at 5:41 PM

and federal workers who now have no paycheck.

cornfedbubba on October 3, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Live like the rest of America, with families, out of work, or two-three jobs to makes…and supporting you and your clans too.

Get lost and starve as far as I’m concerned.

Make it not, no care any more. YOU are ingrates on top of it and don’t realize who toils to sustain you. I no longer do because I hate looters and moochers more than rats.

Schadenfreude on October 3, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Go to hell Schumer.

TX-96 on October 3, 2013 at 5:41 PM

All the overseas American military cemeteries and memorials seem to be closed. I got a message from a friend in the Philippines saying the largest single WWII cemetery, The American-Manila Cemetery and Memorial, is currently closed and gated shut.

simkeith on October 3, 2013 at 5:42 PM

to makes make it

Schadenfreude on October 3, 2013 at 5:42 PM

cornfedbubba on October 3, 2013 at 5:35 PM

You see, clown, this isn’t the government *actually* shutting down. The last time, these memorials (that existed) were open. There’s also a colonial museum park in VA that hasn’t been funded since 1980 that has stayed open during every single shutdown since, except this one. Same for Normandy.

So go pound sand, jerkoff.

Jeff Weimer on October 3, 2013 at 5:43 PM

“Elections have consequences.”
We won the House.
Now defund Obamacare!

anotherJoe on October 3, 2013 at 5:43 PM

federal workers who now have no paycheck.

cornfedbubba on October 3, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Pic of the Day: W.O.R.D!!!

Resist We Much on October 3, 2013 at 5:43 PM

If I were in Normandy now trying to visit the grave sites, NOTHING would keep me out.

Blake on October 3, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Shut down the government with a prolonged Obamacare temper tantrum, then get all madbro about the government ACTUALLY shutting down and having it impact all the shiny political pawns you love to use to showoff your alleged patriotism.

cornfedbubba on October 3, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Says the guy whose side is using national parks that don’t need to be closed as political pawns.

Doomberg on October 3, 2013 at 5:43 PM

“Because we have a Tea Party,” Schumer said without elaborating as he walked away.

F.U.

Maybe Vladimir Putin can offer some moey to keep the cemetaries open, if Barry won’t.

MichaelGabriel on October 3, 2013 at 5:44 PM

As with the Vietnam Memorial, could it be that typical acts of vandalism are caused by tourists unrelated to families of the fallen? Or we saying that vandalism isn’t a concern, and that every museum and federal tourist site should remain open and operate without staff or security?

bayam on October 3, 2013 at 5:28 PM

None of these locations normally (i.e. when the Gubmint is up and running) have guards or barrycades at them at any time. Many of them are not even funded or maintained with federal money.
So your messiah Barky is spending more money to put guards and barrycades at these locations just to keep people out, than is normally spent on those locations at all – ever.
Please explain.

The GOP House has passed multiple bills to fund the Gubmint.
The Dem controlled Senate has refused to vote on any of them.
So, whose fault is this?

dentarthurdent on October 3, 2013 at 5:44 PM

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.

Schumer walking away from the chance to be quoted is news in itself.

Happy Nomad on October 3, 2013 at 5:44 PM

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.

Principled.
Yes, the go along to get along, democrat-lite, reach across the aisle, DC cocktail set, media sucking, compromise at OUR cost, rino part of the party is stuffed into a closet.
The men and women representing the constituents, not their own political hackery, are making Harry and Barry pee themselves.
Oh, and NYC, congrats on sending this hack to represent you.

RovesChins on October 3, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Y’all had enough already?

beatcanvas on October 3, 2013 at 5:45 PM

I can’t believe Schumer actually admitted it. The One believes that the Tea party must be punished, and so OF COURSE he hates WWII veterans because many people that age belong to the tea party.

Which is the height of prejudice…the One wants to hurt all veterans and their families because SOME of them belong to the tea party, which disagrees with him.

Isn’t it North Korea where the families are punished for the actions of family members? I’m not saying shutting down a cemetary is the same thing as being in a prison camp, I’m just saying our Dear Leader has a smiliar mindset.

All hail the democrat overlords!

JustTruth101 on October 3, 2013 at 5:45 PM

‘Because of the shutdown, only 15 people will care for the White House and the Obama family — down from 90.

— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 2, 2013


Oh, The Inhumanity!

Let them eat cake BITE ME!!!

Resist We Much on October 3, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Maybe Schumer and Reid and Obama can write a fking budget that they can then pass?

Murphy9 on October 3, 2013 at 5:46 PM

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.

Schumer walking away from the chance to be quoted is news in itself.

Happy Nomad on October 3, 2013 at 5:44 PM

He knows all too well how badly this is going for his Party.

Del Dolemonte on October 3, 2013 at 5:46 PM

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.

Or in other words, a lot of people who are telling the GOP they can either fight or sink.

Bishop on October 3, 2013 at 5:47 PM

federal workers who now have no paycheck.

cornfedbubba on October 3, 2013 at 5:35 PM

They get back pay, douchebag.
Paid vacation.
Unless they are actually essential, then they work and get back pay later.
I find it funny that it’s the fed workers sitting at home, knowing they will get back pay, who are whining the loudest…you’re not essential, you’re job probably isn’t even necessary. STFU.

RovesChins on October 3, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Something tells me you’re less than concerned about the Head Start programs being shuttered, WIC program being shutdown, and federal workers who now have no paycheck.

cornfedbubba on October 3, 2013 at 5:35 PM

What’s wrong with parents taking care of their own kids,
women buying their own food if they are pregnant and
union thugs going a few days without being paid for being thugs ?

burrata on October 3, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Worthless, petty pieces of shit.

Midas on October 3, 2013 at 5:47 PM

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.

Petulant and short-sighted just like the President. Let alone providing even more cringe worthy optics as the Progressive-fascists continue to refuse to negotiate, refuse to compromise, and attempt to make the shutdown they wanted as painful as possible all for scoring cheap political points prior to the 2014 midterm.

It’s so fun when the lamestream media takes the time to compare the impact of this shutdown to the last one 17 years ago. One thing that doesn’t compare so well – the mindset of the President’s who were / are in office.

Oh, and to the CornFedTroll – WIC programs are administered by the state and fully operational here in California. For the others, there is a simple hashtag that addresses who to blame – #BlameHarryReid

Athos on October 3, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Who’s going to pick up the dog crap at the WH?

Blake on October 3, 2013 at 5:48 PM

I can’t tell you how angry I would be to get there only to find Dog Eater had shut them down, especially when they really are wide open spaces for the most part. The only “staffer” I saw at the big cemetery at Colleville was an elderly French veteran passing out little maps.

Bishop on October 3, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Yeah, that was my experience as well. Besides the actual museum on the premises that had the video and couple other smaller items it was just an open area. Even if they closed that visitor center you could still easily access other parts of the cemetery. You could walk up stairs from the beach to reach it for crying out loud!

nextgen_repub on October 3, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Remember that Shumer shilled for Bernie Madoff. He’s also known as “Goldman Sach’s Senator.”

The tea party doesn’t fit his mold.

Deafdog on October 3, 2013 at 5:48 PM

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?

I’m pretty sure that the Antideficiency Act prohibits volunteering goods and services to fund shortfalls in budgeted funds.

blammm on October 3, 2013 at 5:49 PM

*Question. Is a bill to reopen national parks to be reintroduced today in a way that would require only a simple majority to pass? A great idea. Can’t find any info.

kunegetikos on October 3, 2013 at 5:39 PM

The Senate is refusing to act on any of these “piecemeal” bills. More specifically Harry Reid refuses to bring any of these bills to the floor for consideration. I mean, why would anybody care about research into childhood cancers when 1100 individuals have been furloughed at Nellis AFB? Priorities.

Happy Nomad on October 3, 2013 at 5:49 PM

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.

And now we also have

Fox News
HotAir
Ace of Spades
Breitbart
RedState
LegalInsurrection
Michelle Malkin
Dana Loesch
Daily Caller
Washington Free Beacon
Washington Examiner
Glenn Beck
Hannity
Hugh Hewitt

Think about that. In 1995 all we had was Rush Limbaugh, ad he nearly drove Bill Clinton insane, so much so that he attempted to blame Rush for the Oklahoma City bombing.

The Democrats are pissing their pants because they can’t control the message or the opposition anymore. They want a docile Republican Party like they used to have, which would roll over and play dead for them even after winning elections. And they’re willing to keep the government closed to shut us up.

rockmom on October 3, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Something tells me you’re less than concerned about the Head Start programs being shuttered, WIC program being shutdown, and federal workers who now have no paycheck.

cornfedbubba on October 3, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Something tells me you’re more concerned with them – that will get back pay when they return to work shortly – than you are about the millions of private sector workers who’ve been destroyed by this f*cking worthless President and his shit-eating sycophants in the media – and your ilk.

F*ck yourself.

Midas on October 3, 2013 at 5:49 PM

to showoff your alleged patriotism.

cornfedbubba on October 3, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Let’s talk about alleged patriotism, OK?

‘Dissent is the highest form of patriotism!’

- Senator Hillary Clinton

Which made you cream your knickers.

‘The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents – #43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman and child. THAT’S IRRESPONSIBLE. IT’S UNPATRIOTIC!’

– Senator Barack Obama, Fargo, North Dakota, 3 July 2008

‘The problem is that the way Obama has done it in the last 1,717 days is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children and unleash the hounds at the Federal Reserve, driving up our national debt from $10,628,881,485,510.23 from the first 43 presidents to $16,738,183,526,697.32.

No. 44 has added $6,109,302,041.09 by his lonesome. So we now have over $16,738,183,526,697.32 of debt that we are going to have to pay back. $53,995.17 for every man, woman, and child.

If President Obama called President George W Bush irresponsible and unpatriotic for presiding over a $4,901,104,747,205.59 increase in the national debt over 8 years, then what does he think we should call him for spending $6,109,302,041.09 in 1,717 days?

‘Irresponsible and unpatriotic’ sound too mild in comparison; perhaps, ‘treasonous’ might be a more apt description of Mr Obama’s spending.’

- RWM, 2 October 2013

Resist We Much on October 3, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Resist We Much on October 3, 2013 at 5:39 PM
“because Obama is a ‘the smahhhtest man to evah f*cking live or something!’”

i just love your tender side……laffs..tyvm

going2mars on October 3, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Many times I have stated that this is the Lillian Hellman Presidency, because everything they say is a lie, including and and the.
But, I may have been – not wrong – but underplaying it a bit.
This is the Zombie Administration…..Completely Brain Dead!

Another Drew on October 3, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Are you freaking kidding me?

gophergirl on October 3, 2013 at 5:50 PM

I was there this June. I can’t imagine how Americans who journeyed to see are feeling.

Betrayal comes to mind, but that’s just me.

It’s unreal in its power and I recommend going.

seesalrun2 on October 3, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Or we saying that vandalism isn’t a concern,

Yes it’s a huge concern which is why there is a SWAT team surrounding Grant’s Tomb.

Or not, and why not, because Grant’s Tomb is in a sketchy part of town and doesn’t have scads of tourist families hanging out there. In fact most tourist buses only mention it as they drive on by. There are no citizens to inconvenience thus the feds haven’t erected a single barrier or sign.

Bishop on October 3, 2013 at 5:51 PM

cornfedbubba on October 3, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Ah, I see Happy Hour is here. How’s tonight’s bottle of Everclear treating you?

Del Dolemonte on October 3, 2013 at 5:41 PM

He strikes me as more of a Zima man.

CurtZHP on October 3, 2013 at 5:52 PM

And why do we have a tea party? They don’t even have a clue.

scalleywag on October 3, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Bush:

Debt on 01.20.01: $5,727,776,738,304.64

Debt on 01.19.09: $10,628,881,485,510.23

An increase of: $4,901,104,747,205.59 (8 years)

UNPATRIOTIC!!!
.
.

Obama:

Debt 01.20.09: $10,626,877,048,913.08

Debt 10.02.13: $16,738,183,526,697.32

An increase of: $6,109,302,041.09 (4 years, 8 months, 13 days)

PATRIOTIC!!!
.
.

And, that’s not including the ‘extraordinary measure’ funding according to the OMB. Our true debt on 09.30.13 (FY-end 2013) is much closer to the White House OMB’s estimate of $17,249,239,000,000 ($17.25 trillion).

So, OBVIOUSLY, that makes Obama SUPER-DUPER PATRIOTIC!!!

Resist We Much on October 3, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Sadly the US goons shut down such good people as baldilocks.

…and Dr. Carson

Schadenfreude on October 3, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Resist We Much on October 3, 2013 at 5:39 PM
“because Obama is a ‘the smahhhtest man to evah f*cking live or something!’”

i just love your tender side……laffs..tyvm

going2mars on October 3, 2013 at 5:50 PM

My pleasure.

Resist We Much on October 3, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Can’t we call Holder non-essential and send him home? Is it really important whether he sues TX and NC?

Tater Salad on October 3, 2013 at 5:57 PM

BREAKING!

Tom Hanks to re-shoot opening scenes of “Saving Private Ryan”

BobMbx on October 3, 2013 at 5:58 PM

cornfed you’re nothing but a troll –congrats!

Good to see that finally you care about the fact that jobs are being lost…where have you been the last few years ?

CW on October 3, 2013 at 5:59 PM

cornfedbubba on October 3, 2013 at 5:35 PM

How perfectly quaint. Moist towelette?

Bmore on October 3, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Clear to the Democrats base WHO it is that has no concern or regard for the well being of veterans, children, the poor, seniors, the disabled?

In 1995 Republicans and the Democratic leadership agreed to funding the VA, welfare, and the District of Columbia.

Today… the Democrats and the Democrat administration are refusing to fund programs for veterans, children, the poor, the disabled, and seniors… until they get their way… all the way.

Who is ‘holding Americans hostage’? Who is acting like ‘terrorists’ in refusing to even negotiate with the GOP but gladly attempts to negotiate with IRAN…known terrorists and a regime sworn to try to destroy the west? Who is making every effort to see that as many people as possible are hurt by that very blind, obtuse, belligerence?

The LEFT owns this.

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Uy, I hate these auto play video ads. And these ‘Celebrity Wire’ ones are the worst. And the ‘C’ in their logo is deliberately trying to mimic the Islamic crescent. Hot Air is a soft-Conservative joke, which promotes Islam, and everyone on its pathetic staff should be behind bars. I only read it for the comments.

WhatSlushfund on October 3, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Take control of your computer. Like many posters, I’ve never seen an ad on HA, or an autoplay video. It’s easy.

If you see ads, HA doesn’t choose what ads to run. They sell time and space on a website to an ad agency. The ad agency is the middleman between advertisers and website owners. The ad agency determines what ads show up on HA.

slickwillie2001 on October 3, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Can’t you just see Obama and his minions gathering in the Oval Office making plans on what to shutdown? I can see the gleeful little turds saying “lets shutdown the War Memorial, while another one says, I’ve got a better idea, lets shutdown Normandy.” Just sick, pampered brats! Unfortunately, most of our WW II vets are not here today to stand against this travesty. It is our job. It is our job.

mobydutch on October 3, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Tom Hanks to re-shoot opening scenes of “Saving Private Ryan”

BobMbx on October 3, 2013 at 5:58 PM

“Normandy Beach is closed. Everyone turn around – back to England.”

dentarthurdent on October 3, 2013 at 6:00 PM

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