Day Four Shutdown Roundup; Defense Contractors Feel The Pain; Americans Lose Faith In Congress, Economy At Breakneck Speed; School Apologizes For Picking On Student Over NRA Shirt; And Some People Don’t Know Obama’s A Democrat— Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 10-4-2013

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Shutdown Roundup – Day Four

If you’re still alive and carrying on as you were before, congratulations on living through an entire workweek of government shutdown. Both sides in the shutdown fight dug in today, with the only real sign of capitulation being Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) non-apology for talking nasty about Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Read More…

Military-Industrial Complex Hit Hard By Government Shutdown

According to reports, the government shutdown is slated to begin affecting the “industrial” side of the military-industrial complex as early as Monday, with a number of big-name defense contractors announcing that they will begin the process of furloughing thousands of workers at the beginning of the week. Read More… 

Polls: Americans Losing Faith In Congress, The Economy

As the government shutdown and fierce rhetorical battles continue in Washington, the American public is growing increasingly tired of Congress’s antics. Read More… 

School Apologizes For Forcing Student To Remove NRA T-shirt

A California high school has apologized for forcing a 16-year-old student to remove a National Rifle Association T-shirt. Read More…. 

Do You Know What Party The President Belongs To? Some Don’t

Comedian and media analyst Mark Dice asks people on the street what political party President Barack Obama is affiliated with. Be prepared to feel bad about America. Watch… 

Polls: Americans Losing Faith In Congress, The Economy

As the government shutdown and fierce rhetorical battles continue in Washington, the American public is growing increasingly tired of Congress’s antics.

A Rasmussen poll released Friday reveals that just nine present of likely voters feel that Congress is doing its job. Meanwhile, 70 percent say that their elected representatives in Washington is doing a poor job, the highest number in nearly two years.

From the poll:

While positive ratings for Congress have been in the single-digits for most of the year, the negative finding is up eight points from last month and is the highest measured since January 2012.

While 74% of Democrats and voters not affiliated with either major political party say Congress is doing a poor job, 62% of Republicans agree. Fifteen percent (15%) of Republicans now give the legislature positive ratings, up from seven percent (7%) a month ago.

Politically liberal voters are more critical of Congress than conservative voters are.

As the federal government shutdown enters its fourth day, (50%) of all voters view the agenda of Republicans in Congress as extreme, while 46% say the same of the Democratic congressional agenda. Thirty-three percent (33%) identify the GOP agenda as mainstream. Forty-one percent (41%) see the Democratic congressional agenda as mainstream.

Over at Gallup, pollsters report that Americans’ loss of faith in government is also contributing to economic uncertainty among Americans. The polling organization reports that its Economic Confidence Index’s three-day rolling average stands at -34 for Oct. 1-3, down 14 points from Sept. 27-29, and the lowest such average since December 2011.

Worse Than The Great Depression?!; Voters Trust GOP More Than Obama On Budgets; Barry The Divider; Stepping Up Security To Shut Out WWII Vets; Biden’s Proud Of NPS Worker Who Blocked Texas Veteran; Sanity Prevails In Gun T-Shirt Case – TGIF Friday Morning News Roundup 10-4-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

 

  • Oh, my goodness! The U.S. Treasury Department is warning that the economy could plunge into a downturn worse than the Great Recession if Congress fails to raise the federal borrowing limit and the country defaults on its debt obligations. A default could cause the nation’s credit markets to freeze, the value of the dollar to plummet and U.S. interest rates to skyrocket, according to the Treasury report released Thursday. Source: NBC News…

 

  • By a 48-39 percent margin, voters say they trust Republicans in Congress more than President Barack Obama when it comes to cutting government spending enough to make a difference in the deficit while at the same time not cutting so much that valuable programs are hurt. Source: Fox News poll…

 

  • Perhaps Obama’s biggest failing has been his inability to build relationships and make deals on Capitol Hill – a shortcoming in sharp relief during the ongoing debate over a health care law that didn’t win a single Republican vote. Even Democratic members complain they get short shrift from a detached White House and that Obama’s crusade for the controversial health care law laid the groundwork for the rise of an intransigent tea party. Longtime lobbyist Charlie Black noted that it was Vice President Joe Biden who reached a last-minute agreement with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff at the start of this year. “The president wasted 17 months, and in one weekend the old pros made a deal,” Black said. “All the president knows how to do is campaign and attack.” Source: National Journal…

 

  • As the “shutdown” enters its fourth day, the White House Office of Management and Budget has apparently had enough of recalcitrant veterans breaking past barricades at the WWII memorial at the National Mall. Now the Park Service is stringing the barricades together with steel wire (visit the link for a photo.) Source: Weasel Zippers…

 

  • Vice President Joe Biden is proud of the National Park Service ranger who stood up to Rep. Randy Neugebauer at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. On Thursday, video surfaced online of Neugebauer, a Texas Republican, angrily lecturing the ranger for setting up barricades to the memorial. ‘I’m proud of you,’ Biden said, according to his office’s Twitter account, revealing that the vice president had called the ranger to thank her for her service. Source: The Washington Times…

 

  • A high school principal has apologized for forcing a 16-year-old student to remove her National Rifle Association shirt last month. Haley Bullwinkle, a sophomore at Canyon High School, said she was asked to change or face suspension because her T-shirt, which featured a buck, an American flag, and a hunter’s silhouette, violated the school’s dress code and promoted gun violence. Source: CBS Los Angeles…

 

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Buy Obamacare, Get An Obamaphone; Weaponized Fishing Tackle Seized By Cops; The End Of The Silk Road; Reporter Sheds Light On How The Feds Spied On Him; Shutdown Roundup: Day Three— Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 10/3/2013

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Shutdown Roundup – Day 3

President Barack Obama waited ‘til the third day of the government “shutdown” to play the senior citizen card, telling a Maryland audience that, if the partisan standoff over a continuing resolution to fund the government escalates into a stalemate over the debt limit, people won’t get their Social Security checks. The Insanity Continues… 

Socialist Two For One: Obamacare, Obamaphone

Tennessee’s healthcare co-op set up for Obamacare is trying to sweeten the deal to get residents to sign up for government healthcare: enroll and get a free smartphone. Read More… 

Georgia High School Student Charged With Felony For Bringing Deadly Tackle Box To School

A Georgia high school student has been charged with a felony for carrying fishing supplies to school in his car. No Joke…

EFF: Technology Is Not To Blame In Silk Road Takedown

The man alleged to be “Dread Pirate Roberts,” the founder and operator of the Silk Road—an online marketplace where bitcoins were traded for a range of goods and services, including drugs—was arrested by the FBI in San Francisco yesterday. The criminal complaint, released today, provides many details about how the site and its users relied on widespread anonymity technology, including Tor and Bitcoin. Read More…

ProPublica Recounts A Case Where Telecom Aided Government Spies

Over the past several months, the Obama Administration has defended the government’s far-reaching data collection efforts, arguing that only criminals and terrorists need worry. But You Should Too… 

Breaking: Shots Fired At The Capitol

Breaking via Twitter, details sketchy.

According to ABC News, someone tried to ram the gate at the White House, then fled to Capitol Hill. Shots were fired, but details remain unclear.

ABC reports that the shooting suspect is a female who is dead on the scene.

U.S. Capitol police said they had received reports of gunshots and one police officer has been injured.

Fox News is reporting that several people have been injured, including a police officer.

Obamacare’s Weak Start; Dem Shutdown Rage; Feds Go After Privately-Owned Mt. Vernon; Past Gov’t Shutdowns Never Closed Monuments; Spinning Climate Change – Thursday Morning News Roundup 10-3-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

 

  • As President Obama’s signature health insurance overhaul effort began to enroll new participants on Monday, some states running their own insurance exchanges saw huge levels of website traffic but paltry interest in signing up. Source: Daily Mail…

 

  • Democrats, who have long posed as the party of peaceniks and doves, have been anything but during the great rhetorical war of 2013. In fact, the party of George McGovern and Jimmy Carter has been mad as hell as of late, leading an offensive of bombastic insults and rhetorical bullying that has dominated the government shutdown. It’s a perfect storm, with Democrats leading the pace. Source: The Washington Times…

 

  • The National Park Service erected barricades to shut down parking lots surrounding Mount Vernon despite the fact that the tourist destination is privately owned, another example of how the feds are deliberately worsening the government shut down. Source: Twitchy…

 

  • Although President Obama claims that he can’t avoid shutting down public sites and monuments, war memorials were in fact kept open during the 1995/1996 government shutdowns.  The administration’s decision to barricade the Lincoln Memorial marks the first time in its history the memorial has been totally off limits to visitors during a shutdown. The administration has also balked at efforts by non-governmental groups to maintain access to public sites. Source: The Daily Caller…

 

  • The UN’s climate panel (IPCC) released its latest warning about “catastrophic” climate change on Sept. 27, garnering the frantic attention of all three broadcast networks that night. CBS even aired a claim about temperatures rising “more than 200 degrees.” Predictably, the evening news shows on ABC, CBS and NBC Sept. 27 repeated the IPCC’s dire warnings without including any skeptics and without mentioning past failures such as their inability to accurately predict warming or sea level rise. Source: Media Research Center…

 

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What You Need To Know About Day Two Of Government Shutdown; See Pictures Of Obama’s America; Private Sector Adds Jobs; Americans Disdainfully Ill-Informed On Obamacare; And More— Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 10-2-2013

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Shutdown Roundup – Day 2

Everything you need to know about the Federal government shutdown drama— from how the Service Employee International Union is paying protestors to show up at closed monuments, to how the government continues to close things that cost nothing. Read More… 

Twitter Users Post Telling Pictures Of ‘Obama’s America’

These pictures, illustrating the immature and arbitrary White House response to the government shutdown, will make you sick. See Obama’s America…

Is Libyan Attack On Russian Embassy Revenge For Thwarting U.S. Aid To Muslim Brotherhood Rebels In Syria?

On Wednesday the Russian embassy in Tripoli, Libya, was attacked by a group of about 60 people, some armed, who tried to force their way into the compound. A Libyan security source who spoke to media blamed the attack on the killing of a Libyan by a Russian woman. Read More… 

Private Sector Added 166,000 Jobs In September

U.S. private-sector employment rose by 166,000 jobs in September, significantly short of the consensus forecast, Automatic Data Processing said Wednesday. Read More… 

Jimmy Kimmel Illustrates Why America Is In Trouble

Do you know the difference between Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act? Some Don’t… 

For Sale: The 1979 Chevette Ron Paul Used To Combat Congressional Hypocrisy

The person who makes the highest pledge of a tax-deductible donation to the FREE Foundation by October 15, 2013 will win the little Chevette that Ron Paul used to tick off former House Speaker Tip O’Neill in 1979. Read More… 

Twitter Users Post Telling Pictures Of ‘Obama’s America’

A police officer stands guard at the Lincoln Memorial, which members of the public are barred from visiting because of the government shutdown.

Here’s a question for our readers: If they’re already paying a cop to guard the monument, why can’t people visit? Is the government simply trying to make a point by being unduly tyrannical?