Alright, alright. Here's my take.
I haven't paid any attention. That's in spite of hearing shitbag Harry Reid quoted on the radio this morning that "any further 'Republican government shutdown' would cause irreparable harm."
Is there anyone who really believes this schtick, anymore? Really?
Besides all that, it's just basically the Washington Monument Syndrome, and readers would do themselves well to take note.
The Washington Monument syndrome, also known as the Mount Rushmore Syndrome, or the firemen first principle, is a political tactic used in the United States by government agencies when faced with budget cuts or a government shutdown. The tactic entails cutting the most visible or appreciated service provided by the government, from popular services such as national parks and libraries to valued public employees such as teachers and firefighters. This is done to gain support for tax increases that the public would otherwise be against. The name derives from the National Park Service's alleged habit of saying that any cuts would lead to an immediate closure of the wildly popular Washington Monument.
That's the entire width & breadth you need to know about it.
Listen: you want to impress me? All traffic signals go dark. All at once, immediately. Now, I know these aren't funded by the feds—have to put that out there for those who have trouble with metaphors, parallels, dots connected.
European traffic planners are dreaming of streets free of rules and directives. They want drivers and pedestrians to interact in a free and humane way, as brethren -- by means of friendly gestures, nods of the head and eye contact, without the harassment of prohibitions, restrictions and warning signs.
A project implemented by the European Union is currently seeing seven cities and regions clear-cutting their forest of traffic signs. Ejby, in Denmark, is participating in the experiment, as are Ipswich in England and the Belgian town of Ostende.
The utopia has already become a reality in Makkinga, in the Dutch province of Western Frisia. A sign by the entrance to the small town (population 1,000) reads "Verkeersbordvrij" -- "free of traffic signs." Cars bumble unhurriedly over precision-trimmed granite cobblestones. Stop signs and direction signs are nowhere to be seen. There are neither parking meters nor stopping restrictions. There aren't even any lines painted on the streets.
"The many rules strip us of the most important thing: the ability to be considerate. We're losing our capacity for socially responsible behavior," says Dutch traffic guru Hans Monderman, one of the project's co-founders. "The greater the number of prescriptions, the more people's sense of personal responsibility dwindles."
There's tons of info on how eliminating road regulations reduces both accidents and fatalities...but both very bad for Obamacare, of course.
Strange as it may seem, the number of accidents has declined dramatically. Experts from Argentina and the United States have visited Drachten. Even London has expressed an interest in this new example of automobile anarchy. And the model is being tested in the British capital's Kensington neighborhood.
OK, dots connected on Thursday. Check.
....Oh, and: Fuck the feds. Fuck Obama. Fuck Reid and Boehner too. Fuck the state. Fuck initiatory force, coercion and theft.
Get along with each other on your own, or die as incompetent at life and do us all a big favor. Fuck voters.
Update: Just for fun, teach yourself to pronounce "Verkeersbordvrij" naturally. Then, you know: three times. Fast.