Looking Ahead to 2020


Neither of Maryland’s Senators are up for reelection in 2020, but all of our Congresscritters will be. If I were going to run against one of the seven Democrats, I’d make an issue of their party’s willingness to hold the paychecks of the 28,000+ non-essential federal employees in Maryland hostage to the fight over funding the border wall.

Littering?


Gentle Reader, you’ve probably heard about those traffic cones that the National Park Service put up to block access to roadside areas where tourists can pull over for a view of Mt. Rushmore. The highway is South Dakota 244. It’s a state road. It’s not a federal road.

The cones have been taken down because of a snow storm. If they reappear, why shouldn’t whoever puts them back be charged with littering?

How Many Divisions Does the Pope Have?


First, the Obamacare abortion rules. Now, cutting off active duty catholic service personnel from being able attend mass during the government shutdown.

You see, there are around a thousand catholics serving on active duty for every active duty catholic chaplain, so the DoD has hired priests as contractors to celebrate mass for personnel servicing in locations without a suitable chaplain. Since they are contractors, federal regulations prevent these priests from doing what they were hired to do during the shutdown, not even as unpaid volunteers.

Is there no limit to the lengths the administration and the Democrats in Congress are willing to go to in order to continue inflicting as much pain as possible on the American people during the shutdown?

Wisconsin is Still Open


Governor Walker has ordered the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to keep state parks and recreational facilities open that the National Park Service had ordered closed. (H/T, Ed Morrissey)

Walker has blamed both the Democrats and the Republicans for the federal shutdown. The feds have closed access to large swaths of public land in the state, but Walker is keeping any jointly funded properties or areas where the state has an operating agreement opened. For example, the state DNR reopened a boat launching ramp at a state park on the Mississippi River. The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service closed the ramp because the river bank is federal land. The DNR took down the barrycades at the landing, claiming that it had authority to operate the ramp under a 1961 agreement.

Pushback.

Good.

Barrycades


I like that term—barrycade—the unnecessary fencing and such put up around public and, in some cases, private spaces because the White House wants to maximize the inconvenience to citizens during the government shutdown.

It seems to me that someone interested in doing a good job of governing would be bending over backward to find ways to minimize the public’s inconvenience.

Barrycade. The terms really ought to go down in the books with Hooverville.