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91% Of The IRS Has Been Furloughed: Here Is Who Else Got The Government Shut Down Axe

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For all the drama surrounding today's political drama (which came and went largely unnoticed by a stock market hypnotized by the Federal Reserve), the bottom line is that the key impact of last night's historic government shutdown has been nothing more (or less) than the temporary unpaid leave of absence, i.e. furloughs (with all accrued, owed payments promptly being remitted once the government is unhalted) of some 815,932 civilian government workers, out of a total of 2 million, or a 41% furlough rate.

As the WSJ tabulates "some agencies, such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are seeing all but a handful of their employees go home without pay. Others, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security, kept the vast majority of their workers on the job. Certain divisions of government, such as the U.S. Postal Service and the Federal Reserve, don’t operate under the normal appropriations process and their staffing remained unaffected." Then again one wonders: with 91% of the IRS' total 94,516 workers stuck at home, downloading porn, is the government shutdown really such an evil outcome?

The table below shows the total number of furloughed workers by government agency, as well as the furlough percentage. For a sortable, interactive version of the table, visit the WSJ.

Of note: with 98% of the FCC's 1754 employees stuck at home, there has never been a better time to show a live Janet Jackson dance show, or swear like a sailor on live TV.


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Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:03 | Link to Comment f16hoser
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I didn't see Air Technicians on your list. Since I stayed home today, here's what I did: Made a cash contribution to Steve Lonegans Senate race against Cory Booker (NJ). I live in the Midwest but donated anyway. Steve is a True Conservative. Booker, well, he supports Obummercare. Need I say more? This is a very important Senate race. It's time to fight these Liberal-Fucktards from the bottom-up!
Incase you're interested:

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:45 | Link to Comment Vooter
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Anyone who still votes in this country is an asshole.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:04 | Link to Comment HulkHogan
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You beat me to it.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:04 | Link to Comment CuriousPasserby
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Two weeks until the income tax extension is over so maybe those of us who waited until the very last minute to file will just get the quick look-over without a lot of scrutiny. How much were those clothes I gave to Goodwill worth???

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:07 | Link to Comment moonstears
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"Certain divisions of government, such as the U.S. Postal Service and the Federal Reserve..."

This is the funny Tyler, I like him!

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:24 | Link to Comment saulysw
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I was wondering about GM myself...

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:05 | Link to Comment JR
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Wanna see terrorism? Turn on Hardball and instead of Chris Matthews experiencing a "thrill up his leg" from a Barack Obama speech, you will witness media terrorism in its most extreme stages in response to a government “shutdown.”

Hardball’s Matthews is frankly unbalanced and out-of-control; he should be in a straitjacket instead of business suit issuing political commentary.

Hysterical media types the likes of C. Matthews are calling Republicans who see that our debt is out of control and are standing for the 65% of American people who don’t want Obamacare, “terrorists.” Not only did Nancy Pelosi call Republicans who opposed Obamacare “terrorists,” she added that they’ve taken hostages.

Matthews said Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Lee are “terrorists with one purpose”…

“It's a strategy of mass destruction and demolition with the hope that after the rubble is settled they'll be the only ones left around to pick up the pieces… I believe it's terrorism.”

MATTHEWS: “Let me finish tonight with this: They are political terrorists. And like all terrorists, including those who use bombs, their number one goal, their only goal, is to blow things up. Cruz, Paul and Mike Lee are on a mission to destroy, shut down the American government, destroy Obamacare, drive the country into default, destroy the U.S. credit rating. Terrorists with one purpose: To bring down, not just this administration, but let's face it, the American government. Just watch. And the fact is, the likelihood out there is that this group could be the one that crashes the Republican convention next time. And that, fortunately, could be the end of them. And that's Hardball for tonight.”

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:46 | Link to Comment Emergency Ward
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The violence-is-the-answer, murderous Matthews, Pelosi and Liz Warren -- and others using that same "hostage-terrorist" rhetoric and who have no problem with murdering American teenagers overseas --are now apparently advocating the extra-legal drone assassination of American political dissenters and opponents right here at home.  And they wonder why so many people disrespect them so much.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 09:15 | Link to Comment WarPony
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After the home exploded in a fireball that knocked out windows on adjacent homes, an unidentified neighbor speaking on condition of anonymity because he did not have authority to talk to the media, said "I smelled a gas leak .. before the drone hit."

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:01 | Link to Comment Whoa Dammit
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Sounds to me like the wheels are about to come off and TPTB are trying to set up someone other than themselves for the blame. Otherwise, why mention default or destruction of our credit rating?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:07 | Link to Comment geewhiz
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That chart is the best news I've ever seen on ZH. If only there is some way to make it go even further and last indefinitely. That's what a starving beast looks like.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:09 | Link to Comment geekgrrl
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Homeland security! Hahahaha. Like we need them.

Fucking brownshirts, that's what they are. Terrorizing granny with the diapers to save us from the statistically unlikely "terrorist." (most likely brought to you courtesy of the FBI)

Can we get an economist to talk about the cost/benefit ratio as applied to this agency? I am much more likely to get struck by lightning than be a victim of a terrorist attack, so if there is an economist who can explain this irrational agency, I'd love to hear from them.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:10 | Link to Comment sosoome
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Economy is irrelevant. Having a "civilian military" on hand to suppress the masses is another matter.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:12 | Link to Comment geekgrrl
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Good answer, and in my view, the correct one.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 03:08 | Link to Comment Kobe Beef
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aka The Cheka.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:15 | Link to Comment QQQBall
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and the Dude bought that 1/2 & 1/2 after tasting uit first - by writing a 69-cent check. Great opening for a flick 

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:18 | Link to Comment element115
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I just read that those 'furloughed' will be paid retroactively? So, they get paid for taking days off? What a bunch of fucking bullshit.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:55 | Link to Comment geekgrrl
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Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:24 | Link to Comment geekgrrl
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It appears that in previous shutdowns, there was retroactive pay. But in one article I found on the topic, it stated: "If Congress fails to pass a spending bill and shuts down the government, federal workers shouldn't expect to be made whole for their furlough days the way they were after the shutdowns of 1995 and 1996, according to the president of a union for federal employees."

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:19 | Link to Comment Long-John-Silver
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Of note: with 98% of the FCC's 1754 employees stuck at home, there has never been a better time to show a live Janet Jackson dance show, or swear like a sailor on live TV.

I use Internet Streaming so why would a care one whit about FCC controlled TV?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:20 | Link to Comment are we there yet
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Only 2 million total federal employees exist? Thats including the military? Makes no sense. That makes less than 1 % of the US population is a federal employee. That is not believable.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:42 | Link to Comment Bollixed
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Well, if one percent of your body's cells were cancerous you'd see a similar result in your health, so on that level it is believable.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:04 | Link to Comment geekgrrl
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Yea, the number seems way low. One thing to keep in mind is that the privitization craze means that there are a huge number of government contractors. So far, I've not seen any discussion of effects of the "shutdown" on contractors, so hopefully the Tylers will look into this.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:04 | Link to Comment NidStyles
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Everyone that receives government subsidies or benefits is a federal employee. Don't let the semantic abuse confuse you by saying only the taxable ones are federal employees. If that were the case then most of us would not have to pay taxes by their rules, unless they are being hypocrites....

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:23 | Link to Comment Fix It Again Timmy
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Breaking News - We've gone full-tilt, bat-shit, Kraaaaaaaaazzzzzzzzzzyyyyyyyyyy.....

Jacksonville International Airport in Florida was evacuated Tuesday as authorities responded to the presence of suspicious packages.

"Due to police activity regarding suspicious pkgs., JAX airport has been evacuated. Please check with airline for flight updates," read a post on the airport's Twitter page.

The evacuation was having an impact on flights, with some arriving aircraft diverted and some passengers taken from planes already on the ground to hotels.

One package was found in a garage, another in a terminal, according to Jacksonville Airport Authority spokesman Michael Stewart.

Asked whether there had been any arrests, he said: "Not to my knowledge."

An investigation is ongoing. PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE - give me a fucking break.....

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:23 | Link to Comment Atomizer
Fri, 10/04/2013 - 00:54 | Link to Comment geekgrrl
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Since I'm the only woman to post on this thread, I might be inclined to take this post personally. But I know that psychological priojection is a pretty common affair.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:22 | Link to Comment Duc888
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Ok, this is the second time in 24 hours I jizzed my pants.  First time was a little premature ejac upon hearing of the shut down itself.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:27 | Link to Comment orez65
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What do you call the furlough of 91% of the IRS?

A good start.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:27 | Link to Comment goldenbuddha454
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Random Poll

You're Happy with the Shutdown= Arrow UP

Lois Lerner is your kinda people= Arrow Down

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:23 | Link to Comment geekgrrl
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Remember that post a few days back about SAT scores falling? This indicates stupid people are not exactly new.

"The controversial Lois Lerner, a senior official at the Internal Revenue Service — an agency whose stock in trade are numbers — claimed that she was "not good at math" when she admitted that she did not know that  one-fourth of 300 is 75."

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:36 | Link to Comment Joe_in_Indiana
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Back of the envelope 800.000 x 75,000(avg salary plus benefits) = $60 billion 


Nice haircut to help balance the budget.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:30 | Link to Comment MisterMousePotato
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Um, Joe?

Average salary plus benefits is $124,000. For some reason, I think it's higher, but that's the official figure. so I am told.

It's more than twice the average in 'the private sector'.

Does not count all those individuals in 'the private sector' ultimately dependent on .gov (such as doctors, nurses, as well as local .gov who get funds from

Altogether, they total 20-30 million, and they are paid staggering sums compared to The Private Sector.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:40 | Link to Comment Critical Path
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99% of the labor relations board furloughed... how ironic. 


P.S. welcome to the "New American Economy"

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:44 | Link to Comment Sokhmate
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governmentshutdownmattersnot. shadowgovernmentshutdown is what matters.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:19 | Link to Comment NidStyles
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This is not some child's site, please use sentences.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 00:01 | Link to Comment Sokhmate
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Relax. They're sentences. Mobile browses showed spaces but ate them upon posting.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:57 | Link to Comment Freedumb
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Considering that these people probably do at most 1 hour of actual work per day, presumably it can't be too hard to catch up on missed work even if this goes on for weeks.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:59 | Link to Comment Wilcox1
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How does the Dude fit in?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:58 | Link to Comment Ms. Erable
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The Dude abides. You really needed to ask?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:11 | Link to Comment Wilcox1
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Heh, jus didnt know, thx

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:01 | Link to Comment NoWayJose
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Idiots! Idiots! Idiots! Insane Republicans! They have a winning strategy to divide up the appropriations and force the Senate and Obama to either table the bills or vote no (thus passing the shutdown blame to the Democrats). But NO - the Republicans play games and put these to a 2/3rds vote in the House. As expected, they fail and the shutdown blame stays in -- the House! Because the bills did not reach the Senate, blame cannot be shifted to the Senate! Idiot Republicans!

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:39 | Link to Comment JR
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Thank God the country is seeing this.

The bottom line is that the Republicans are trying to come up with some middle ground and Harry Reid and the president are showing that they are just ideologues, that they are glad to shut down the government to get Obamacare even though it is disapproved by 65% of the American people.

The Republicans are getting horrible media but they were going to anyway in that Big Media is owned and operated by the international globalists who are pushing hard for world socialism.

If the Republicans can get these things passed tomorrow with a simple majority, and get them over to the Senate I think it’s a good move. House leadership aides say the plan is to bring up the same measures again Wednesday in a way that would require only a simple majority to pass.

According to CNN: “The vote on restoring funding for the Veterans Affairs Department was 264-164, with 33 Democrats voting in support. A measure to fund the city of D.C. failed by a similar margin. And a bill to keep national parks and museums open also failed to get the two-thirds majority needed.” So it appears a simple majority pass is easily in the cards tomorrow.

The four Democrat senators from the red states that Romney carried who are up for reelection in 2014 have gone on the record voting to give the Congressional staff Obamacare subsidies/exemptions not available to the taxpayers. And when these additional funding bills reach Harry Reid, they are going to be on record again as not wanting to fund veterans programs, national parks and D.C. They must realize they are getting killed with this by following Reid with each of the these votes, assuring that they are going to have an opponent in the states Romney carried and they are going to get creamed.

They may love Harry, but they’re going to be gone.

It takes only three of them to change the vote in the Senate. :-)

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:03 | Link to Comment Fix It Again Timmy
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Wait a goddamn minute, a few years ago with a Force 5 Hurricane moving in on New Orleans, nobody was evacuated?  But now, 2 "suspicious packages" are found and they evacuate an entire airport? 

Fuck me,


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:05 | Link to Comment W74
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What does the IRS even do between all of June and the following March (all encompassing)?  They only work 6 weeks a year anyway.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:10 | Link to Comment Curt W
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They sent my last boss threatening letters and phone calls on nearly a daily basis.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:17 | Link to Comment yogibear
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They dig through tax returns trying to sqeeze working stiffs for more money. 

The IRS and the Fed created about the same time to suck out wealth and transfer it.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:07 | Link to Comment EndTheMedia
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Are you telling me the entire IRS is made up of 100,000 people. HOLY shit why cant we overthrow this bullshit. Get rid of 100,000 and the BEAST starves.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:00 | Link to Comment Ms. Erable
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It will never starve so long as the Fed keeps printing paper to buy other paper.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:08 | Link to Comment Curt W
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Now lets re-fund each of these dept.on an individual basis and permanently reduce each by 5 - 50%

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:22 | Link to Comment NidStyles
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Funny, in 2008 Ron Paul ran on a 10% across the board reduction. None of this would be happening had that happened... I am amused.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 03:36 | Link to Comment Amagnonx
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Huh WTH?  Everything on that list could and should be entirely eliminated - except for Defense (which should be cut by 90%) and Treasury, which could then also be cut 90%.



Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:08 | Link to Comment whopper
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Fuck the Fed , Fuck'em all !  Rise up sheeple ! Do something damn it !

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:13 | Link to Comment world_debt_slave
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Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:13 | Link to Comment yogibear
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LOL, 95% of the EEOC was given time off. They could get rid of 100% and the US would be better off.

The EEOC is an anti-American organization. I have know people that filed with them. They loose paperwork so they don't have to do anything.

The EEOC promotes H1B visa hiring over Americans. 

They should should get rid of the EEOC. The EEOC is anti-American.


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:16 | Link to Comment Fix It Again Timmy
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It is important that you appreciate that the Internal Revenue Code is so complex and convoluted that nobody can understand it. This means that whatever tax return you file can be "proved" by the IRS to constitute fraud and perjury.


"Well, it's a system so utterly complex and ultimately inexplicable that half the time the tax professionals themselves aren't sure what the rules are - a system that even Albert Einstein is said to have admitted he couldn't begin to fathom. You know, it's said that his hair didn't look that way until after he experienced his first tax form." - Ronald Reagan, 1985.

Every year since 1987 Money magazine has run a contest in which 50 tax preparers complete the federal income tax return for a hypothetical family. In 1988 there were ten correct returns, in 1989 two, in 1990 one, and in 1991 zero. For the 1991 tax year the "target tax" was $26,619 - the tax amount for a correct tax return. Not one of the professional tax preparers got it right. At the low extreme, one tax preparer calculated the tax due as $16,219. She spent 25 hours on the job and charged a fee of $750. At the high extreme, another professional tax preparer calculated the tax due as $46,564. It took him 40 hours and he charged $3,000.

The contestants presumably fancied themselves as expert tax preparers, and did their utmost to win first prize. They consisted mostly of professional CPAs and former IRS agents. If you take your papers and records to two "professional tax preparers," one might calculate your tax as $16,000, and the other as $46,000! Need I say any more?

Note that if you had hired any of these professionals to prepare your tax return, the result could have been prosecution for fraud and perjury. Not one of them got it right

Now, the Obamacare bill has in excess of 2,000 pages.  Can you imagine what a fucked up mess that will be? [Hint: re-read the preceding info]

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:21 | Link to Comment yogibear
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THe IRS and Federal Reserve were created to take your money. Created for the redistribution of wealth.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:46 | Link to Comment geekgrrl
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This is a brilliant idea: actually verifying the uniformity (or lack thereof) of the procedure.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:12 | Link to Comment cbaba
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Certain divisions of government, such as the U.S. Postal Service and the Federal Reserve, don’t operate under the normal appropriations process and their staffing remained unaffected."

This is an deliberately implanted LIE.

FEDERAL RESERVE is a PRIVATE entity and its not a division of government.

Remember , say a lie thousand times, it becomes real.. people start to believe it..They are brainwashing the sheeple..


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:23 | Link to Comment matrix2012
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so niceeee being the gubmint employees

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:36 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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"Creampie Honey"

One of the best vids on if you are sitting at home with noting to do:

Reminds me of my Ex. Wife and I when we were 19 and full of vim and vigor and good feelings.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 05:07 | Link to Comment auric1234
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It's funny, of all the videos in that site you just named my favourite.

Do you know the actress name by any chance?


Wed, 10/02/2013 - 00:11 | Link to Comment Common_Cents22
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9% remaining could run the IRS w/ a flat tax.    

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 01:05 | Link to Comment mharry
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From my second favorite site, , of course their Twitter comments came from their iPhones.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 01:08 | Link to Comment I Write Code
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They're gobmint workers.

On a given day when they are paid, maybe 10% of them turn out any work at all anyway.

So if they keep just the 10% who actually do any work, the rest can stay home forever.

And who wins?  You and me.  America.

Thanks Boehner, finally.  Go home.  Play a little golf.  Work on that tan. 

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 01:54 | Link to Comment SilverFish
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"with 91% of the IRS' total 94,516 workers stuck at home, downloading porn, is the government shutdown really such an evil outcome?"



I agree with the sentiment, but who really downloads porn anymore? Easier to just stream it.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 09:44 | Link to Comment Reader1
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Not the kiddie stuff they keep catching the senior bubbas with...

You needs connections to get dat shitzat!

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 05:05 | Link to Comment auric1234
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Certain divisions of government, such as the U.S. Postal Service and the Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve is NOT a division of government.


Wed, 10/02/2013 - 08:18 | Link to Comment WarPony
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Thank you~!  ... the other way around.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 07:10 | Link to Comment Pumpkin
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So, the government finally does something right.  And it is by accident.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 07:15 | Link to Comment Mitzibitzi
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Defence Nuclear Facilities Safety Board - 11 guys still in work, out of 111.

And cue more missing nukes in 5...4...

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 08:50 | Link to Comment neptune-klm
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So can we stop paying taxes then?  If only!

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 09:21 | Link to Comment josetoyou
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But, "pelosi"aid the cup board was bare, and there was not any place to make cuts...

Maybe she should open the cup board door more often, and start distributing pink slips!

Our government is bloated with "obama" voters, and a BIG house cleaning is in order.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 10:02 | Link to Comment NoTTD
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Yet, the Dude abides.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!