Conservative “terrorist” Paul Broun blamed for death of mice

posted at 11:31 am on October 12, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

You know, we were okay with closing a few national parks, and we could even manage to soldier on without the Pandacam for a while. But if this thing is going to result in having to kill laboratory mice, you people have just gone too far.

Signs stating “Don’t Cruzify America” and “End the Shut Down” greeted travellers on the Atlanta Highway by the Georgia Square Mall — the location of Rep. Paul Broun’s office — Friday afternoon as about 25 protesters waved their displeasure at the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government.

Amy Rosemond said she had been thinking about the protest since the shutdown started Oct. 1. She, like others present, said she took particular umbrage at Broun’s line-in-the-sand of refusing to support any spending bill that does not defund the Affordable Care Act. President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats held their own line and have been refusing to negotiate over funding the federal government or the upcoming debt ceiling — the common term for when Congress must authorize a higher federal debt limit or default on the country’s bills.

I know what you’re thinking. Sure… Cruz is a horrible person and Obama is going all superhero on us by standing firm in his beliefs. Fine. But what about the mice?

At Friday’s protest, Linda Exum, a retired federal employee, pointed out that she and many others did not take the offerings from Broun’s aide.

“I’m pretty sure I don’t care about a doughnut when the government is shut down,” she said…

She noted a story in National Public Radio about the likely early deaths of thousands of mice used for research on diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. According to NPR, the National Institutes of Health will have to kill some mice to avoid overcrowding, and because it’s impossible to maintain certain lines of genetically altered mice without constant monitoring. Most federal scientists have been banned from their labs since Oct. 1, according to NPR.

That’s not just a waste of mice and money, Exum said, it’s a waste of potential research and human capital. Furloughed employees will receive back-pay once the government is funded again.

Protesters arrived and were eager to tell the media that they were standing against acts of tyranny, where our government is held hostage for negotiations. Broun’s office responded by bringing out Powerade and donuts to hand out to the crowd. That seemed to be something of a repeating theme, as Broun and others offered possible solutions to the shutdown, while Howard Dean decided to call the Congressman’s medical credentials into question. Broun is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Saxby Chambliss, so Democrats have a serious, vested interest in throwing as much mud at him as they can. They are also annoyed by the fact that Broun is a medical doctor who is bluntly critical of Obamacare.

Of course, as a doctor, you’d think he would be more concerned about the mice. Or something.


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. . . the upcoming debt ceiling — the common term for when Congress must authorize a higher federal debt limit or default on the country’s bills.

Uh, no.

A debt ceiling is like a limit on your credit card. When you reach it, you have to stop spending.

myiq2xu on October 12, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Mice and other “lab rats” (think: leftists) exist for a reason – to further medical research. Personally, I’d squash ‘em, after the lobotomy.
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Karl Magnus on October 12, 2013 at 11:41 AM

When you reach it, you have to stop spending.

Correction: When you reach it, you have to stop charging.

myiq2xu on October 12, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Is this more important than dirty bath towels?

OldEnglish on October 12, 2013 at 11:45 AM

These libtards feel a kinship to the lab mice, their brain’s are the same size……. ;-)

angrymike on October 12, 2013 at 11:47 AM

The horror..

jaywemm on October 12, 2013 at 11:48 AM

He’s not the only doctor that’s pissed off about Obamacare. My wife is a physician and as of next year, she’s no longer going to accept Medicaid.

1) Because Medicaid patients are f*#king crazy – and demanding.
2) Because they don’t get *PAID* for them. Its a loss minute she sees a Medicaid patient.

She’s a doctor, not an indentured servant. FYI none of the other residents in her program like Obamacare either.

Defenestratus on October 12, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Am I supposed to be more outraged about the dead mice than the Miley Cyrus twerking, or less? I need to calibrate my Outrage Meters.

DarthBrooks on October 12, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Defenestratus on October 12, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Well Said, Sir.
And we now learn that United Healthcare (whatever that is supposed to mean) just fired thousands of doctors on their rolls who accept Medicare and Medicaid patients. They are loss-leaders.
Hey you, those who feel the “need” for ØbamaKare, rots o’ruck!
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Karl Magnus on October 12, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Most federal scientists have been banned from their labs since Oct. 1, according to NPR.
 
That’s not just a waste of mice and money, Exum said, it’s a waste of potential research and human capital. Furloughed employees will receive back-pay once the government is funded again.

 
Wait, so these folks are protesting the lab security, right?
 
Because it looks like the lab workers, who will apparently be paid whether they’re there working or not, could voluntarily be in there taking care of the mice, right?
 
Especially since they’ll be paid for the time anyway.
 
Or are you telling me people enjoy paid vacations more than working?

rogerb on October 12, 2013 at 12:03 PM

25 protestors…?

Feh. Let me know when they get to about 25% of the average TP rally.

Then I’ll bother to notice their cute little grievances.

CPT. Charles on October 12, 2013 at 12:09 PM

“Don’t Cruzify America”

Ted Cruz is the one that obama and his liberal dopers fear the most.

It’s a beautiful thing.

Pork-Chop on October 12, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Lab mice and animal experimentation in general is an expensive and messy enterprise. I know I would be hacked off if I had to abandon my animals due to this D.C. charade.

Murphy9 on October 12, 2013 at 12:11 PM

no updates on Obama scrapping deal? ….um ok

can_con on October 12, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Most federal scientists have been banned from their labs since Oct. 1, according to NPR.

They almost exclusively do their research financed from the grants that they lobby for.

Murphy9 on October 12, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Thank you and God bless you Senator Cruz and the few that stand shoulder to shoulder with you….

crosshugger on October 12, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Meanwhile, in obama’s Chicago:

Chicago is key to a business moving tons of drugs for billions of dollars. Here’s how the whole operation works.

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/October-2013/Sinaloa-Cartel/

davidk on October 12, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Just think of all the traffic cones Obama sent to die.

RadClown on October 12, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Meanwhile, in obama’s Chicago:

Chicago is key to a business moving tons of drugs for billions of dollars. Here’s how the whole operation works.

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/October-2013/Sinaloa-Cartel/

davidk on October 12, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Drug use is a crime with no victims. /libertardian

Murphy9 on October 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM

The people protesting are the lab rats.

moonsbreath on October 12, 2013 at 1:40 PM

The people protesting are the lab rats.

moonsbreath on October 12, 2013 at 1:40 PM

A $3 wistar rat is worth a hell of a lot more than most democrats.

Murphy9 on October 12, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Meanwhile, in obama’s Chicago:

Chicago is key to a business moving tons of drugs for billions of dollars. Here’s how the whole operation works.

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/October-2013/Sinaloa-Cartel/

davidk on October 12, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Buried in the comments, the truth:

Posted by mike88

Well congratulations Mayors of Chicago both Past and Present, this is what you did to your great city by making Chicago a Sanctuary City, violating Federal Immigration Laws and welcoming Illegal Aliens into your city to pillage and plunder the good people of Chicago. This problem can be laid right at your feet Mayors of Chicago. Aren’t you so damn proud of yourselves for this accomplishment.

Fallon on October 12, 2013 at 1:57 PM

“It’s stupid,” Exum said. “To shut down the government is stupid. They’re shutting down the government because we’re spending too much and then this is costing us more money.”

The Rocket Surgeon plant it missing it’s leader.

BigWyo on October 12, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Hmm. And all this time I thought true-blue progressives were opposed to animals being use as lab specimens.

I’ve long suspected that they’d rather use humans they regard as “useless”. Like non-progressives.

After all, it worked for Dr. Mengele.

clear ether

eon

eon on October 12, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Tea time has only just begun, honey.

AZCoyote on October 12, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Our nation under Obama has become a bad cartoon.

jukin3 on October 12, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Don’t disparage the lab mice. Some of they may well be more important and more useful than 90% of the government employees.

burt on October 12, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Where’s Sarjex when we need her? We need a toon of Dingy holding a gun to a mouse’s head saying, “Full funding for my vision of government or the mouse gets it.”

Steve Eggleston on October 12, 2013 at 4:14 PM

They really do come unhinged at the thought of Sugar Daddy Gubmint shutting down. Bunch of junkies.

CurtZHP on October 12, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Seems to me they don’t need to be laying mice on Broun when he’s already declaimed such gems as “Evolution is a lie from the pit of hell” …and…”“And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”and that mainline Christian denominations are “going to send their people to hell”. He also believes the earth is 6000 years old AND serves on the US House SCIENCE committee!!

I wouldn’t vote for him for dog catcher.Surely we have better in the state of GA.

camaraderie on October 12, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Linda Exum, a retired federal employee

No. Really?

98ZJUSMC on October 12, 2013 at 5:02 PM

…the rats…are protesting for the mice!

KOOLAID2 on October 12, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Broun’s office responded by bringing out Powerade and donuts to hand out to the crowd.

Nice. Did any of the protesters accept? And if so, did anyone get it on camera?

RINO in Name Only on October 12, 2013 at 9:23 PM

I wouldn’t vote for him for dog catcher.Surely we have better in the state of GA.

camaraderie on October 12, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Hmmm. A medical doctor for dog catcher? What a waste.

Lighten up.

Unless of course, Science is your religion.

Nowadays science is not about a search for truth; it is about bringing a diversity of opinions to a consensus. So anyone with professional qualifications is qualified to sit on the committee. He might be less effective at influencing others to those viewpoints, but in his professional position he never has tried to persuade other reps to agree with those positions.

BTW, GA has several reps from their delegation vying for Sen Chambliss’ seat. According to their history, any of them could be more conservative than Saxby.

Of course, Senators tend to be less firm in their convictions than Reps do.

rwenger43 on October 13, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Karl Magnus on October 12, 2013 at 11:41 AM

I’m anti(lethal/painful) animal testing. THAT SAID-gimme a break.
As much as I’m pro-animal-I just can’t get worked up over this.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 13, 2013 at 12:17 AM