Already Weary of the Government Shutdown? Here’s Comic Relief
Eight hundred thousand workers furloughed, nutrition programs for women and children threatened, and our national panda cam blacked out. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, you’d have to have a heart of stone to read about our government shutdown without wanting a little comic relief.
And we’ve got that for you, right here, thanks first to NPR’s Two-Way news blog and its 8 Great ‘Shutdown Pickup Lines’:
— “You’re all the stimulus I need.”
— “I’m on furlough from the TSA. Want me to wand you?”
— “Do you work for the government? Because you shut. it. down.”
— “Where have you been sequestered all my life?”
— “Do you not carry health insurance? Because you’ve got ‘fine’ written all over you.”
— “My resolution continues ALL NIGHT.”
— “The IRS is suspending all audit activities. But I’ll still check you out.”
— “The only thing nonessential about you are those pants.”
And the best of the rest, starting with NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me“:
Yes, but what effect will the government shutdown have on old episodes of The West Wing?
— waitwait (@waitwait) October 1, 2013
We also discover that NASA’s pioneering Voyager 2, hurtling along near the edge of the solar system, has a little bit of an attitude about events back home:
Due to government shutdown, we will not be posting or responding from this account. Farewell, humans. Sort it out yourselves.
— NASAVoyager2 (@NASAVoyager2) October 1, 2013
Next: Stephen Colbert, who has kept us sane through many a political melodrama:
From “The Daily Show,” fake news with Jon Stewart. (Warning: Partisan political views are expressed here):
And finally — not comic really, but illuminating and entertaining — CNN’s Piers Morgan discusses the shutdown and the Affordable Care Act with Tea Party leader Amy Kremer: