Government Shutdown: Prisoners Get Paid, Guards Don’t


Essential Federal workers

Essential Federal workers

The prisoners must be considered “essential Federal workers” while the guards are “non-essential workers”. That makes sense by Obamerican standards.

One of the more frustrating effects of the government shutdown is on display at a federal prison. Guards are still reporting to work, but until the shutdown is resolved, their paychecks are on hold.

In an odd twist, inmates who perform duties in the prison are still getting paid.

“A lot of us are concerned about how we’re going to come into work next week … and how are we going to pay our bills,” Union President Dave Dauman said…

Dauman’s union represents 300 federal prison guards in Oxford, 150 miles northwest of Milwaukee.

“We are what they consider exempted employees, and those employees have to come to work,” he said. “So we have to come to work, and we are not getting paid until the government passes a budget.”

“We supervise inmates who perform duties within the institution, and those inmates at this point are getting paid,” Dauman said.

In a country where the inmates run the asylum, Detroit is a model for America and a shutdown means emergency efforts to shut down forests, lakes and open air monuments that take more effort than leaving them open… why not?

The government needs prisoners. It doesn’t need guards. The prisoners are more likely to vote Democrat anyway as “Surveys have shown that about 70 percent of former convicts lean Democratic”.

Obama is taking care of his base.

  • TheOrdinaryMan

    America under Obama has become a theater of the absurd. This has had a cascade effect on the behaviors of Americans; very possibly one in five Americans have totally abandoned common sense. Ominously, this has come to include police. For example, why was Miriam Carey shot dead? She was unarmed, and it was she who was being chased by the Secret Service. In addition, she had a one-year old child in the car. The police fired 26 rounds at her; and she never even left the car. She had a mental health issue. She didn’t deserve to be shot dead. This ain’t AMERICA anymore, folks.

  • okokok

    the reality?

    The government shutdown and the Republican war on Obamacare: it’s the racism, stupid.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2013_10/the_government_shutdown_and_th047190.php

    • https://www.facebook.com/duke.mantee.77 Duke Mantee

      You’re quoting a Blog, really? I guess that’s your reality.

      • okokok

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        • Wilkins Micawber

          Reality is fact based, duke! Comes in all forms….oops I forgot, you prefer sources that told u Romney was going to win in a landslide…lol lol…damn those blogs! Lol lol

          • okokok

            keep spreading the word!

            Conservatives are predictably consistent haters–today you hate Muslims, blacks, immigrants, gays, Latinos, unions and even single women; in the old days you all hated the Irish, the Italians, Jews, Catholics, Chinese, Japanese, and Native Americans–to name just a few groups conservatives love to hate; every generation you find someone new to despise; it seems like it’s your national pastime; you are just a bunch of phucking bigots; really
            are just projecting your own self hatred. Get some therapy, leave the rest of us alone and for God’s sake, STFU already!.

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          • Wilkins Micawber

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    • TheOrdinaryMan

      The reality? Miriam Carey was black. The racism is coming from Obama and the Democrats, and Obamacare means war on all of us.

      • okokok

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        • Wilkins Micawber

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          • okokok

            glad we agree little boy Willie:

            Conservatives are such cowards and fear mongerers: they are afraid of gay people getting married or serving in the military; they are afraid of bringing terrorists to super max prisons in the US from which no one has ever escaped; they are afraid of the boy scouts letting gay kids in; they are afraid of everyone voting and are constantly suppressing the vote under some bogus voter fraud theory; they are afraid of letting students vote at their universities; they are afraid of women having the right to choose; they even are afraid of women getting contraception [the real issue actually is a women’s agency and control over their bodies]; they are afraid of mandating gun purchasers to undergo background checks for crazy people and terrorists; they are afraid of people smoking pot; they are afraid of climate change being real and contradicting their beloved Bible; they are afraid of legitimate campaign reform; they are afraid of Muslims; they are afraid of blacks; they are afraid of atheists; they are afraid of hippies; they are afraid of socialists; they are afraid of immigration reform leading to citizenship because they are afraid of– name whatever reason; they are probably still afraid of monsters under their beds; they are just rank cowards and keep making things up to be afraid of

          • Wilkins Micawber

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      • okokok

        beautiful; here’s more for little Willie:

        The audacity and pure arrogance of the republican party never ceases to amaze me. After the Bush administration lied to take us into two unnecessary wars for greed, broke the Geneva convention, destroyed a country for no reason but greed, outed a CIA agent, yet you choose to ignore all of his sins, After being guilty of this and so much more, has said he does not feel he owes anyone an apology and you completely ignore HIS sins, HIS atrocities and think Obama owes us an apology???? Man you are dense and I suspect a racist.

        • Wilkins Micawber

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          • okokok

            The party of Lincoln and Liberty was transmogrified into the party of hairy-back swamp developers and corporate shills, faith based economists, fundamentalist bullies with Bibles, Christians of convenience, freelance racists, misanthropic frat boys, shrieking midgets of AM radio, tax cheats, nihilists in golf pants, brownshirts in pinstripes, sweatshop tycoons…
            *Republicans: The number one reason the rest of the world thinks we’re deaf, dumb, and dangerous.*

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          • Wilkins Micawber

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          • okokok

            on immigration, little willie?
            please walk away little willie; 50,000 Latinos turn 18 every month–and they vote; and hundreds of thousands of their friends do also-and they can’t stand Repubs; this nativist insanity will guarantee the GOP will never win a national election; I hope Obama just legalizes everyone who has been here and been a good citizen for say, 10 years….even if nothing passes, if conservatives think they will win elections in places other than basically the old slave states, they have been smoking something before it is legalized…why would anyone want to come to a country where 1/3 of the people are obese, 1/2 or more on pills and another 1/3 flat out alcoholics…beats me! Oh, maybe a job?

          • Wilkins Micawber

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          • okokok

            i’m little willie the parrot aka,
            Wilkins Micawber i’m an idiot!

          • Wilkins Micawber

            Hi little okokok:

            “I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me. It resembles my own mind except that you happen to be insane.”

          • okokok

            Suicide rates increases on white men between ages 35-64

            Part of the “MASH” theme included the words “suicide is painless”. Whether that’s true or not, I’ll never know, now.

            You see a new study shows an increase in the suicide rate of white men between the ages of 35-64 between 1999 and 2010. Fortunately, I’m 66. I escaped that one. I may sound a bit flippant, but this is a serious and growing problem. The following contains some valuable information that may help you help a family member or friend.

            The CDC, which released the study did not research the causes, but pointed out that most suicide prevention programs are aimed at our youth and the elderly.

            Since 2009, suicides have taken more lives than automobile accidents in the United States.

            The 35-64 age group counted for 57% of all suicides, and the numbers show that in 1999 for every 100,000 people there were 14 suicides, and the number rose to 18 in 2010, according to the CDC.

            Native American suicides increased by 65%, from 11 in 100,000 to 19, while suicides by white people increased 40% from 16 in 100,000 to 22.

            Although it is evident that the time period spanned the recessionary period, there is no definitive cause for the increases.

            The sharpest increase was in the age group of 50-64 year olds, which includes all ethnic backgrounds. In 2010 the most common method of suicide in those considered middle-aged was by firearm. They included 48% of the deceased. The next two most frequently used methods were hanging and drug overdose.

            Sadly, the highest rate among any group is Vietnam Veterans.

            Eight million Americans report suicidal thoughts, and 1.1 million will attempt suicide. An estimated 38,000 will succeed in killing themselves, according to the CDC. Most are male, by a four to one margin, and are single and lack a college education. Men are less able to handle crises such as the end of a marriage, or the loss of a job than are women when they become middle-aged.

            The way suicides are reported, such as the official cause of death often create inaccuracies. “It’s vastly underreported,” said Julie Phillips, an associate professor of sociology at Rutgers University who has published research on rising suicide rates. “We know we’re not counting all suicides.”
            The reason for the increased numbers may hinge of the large number of “baby boomers” in that age group.

            “It is the baby boomer group where we see the highest rates of suicide,” said the C.D.C.’s deputy director, Ileana Arias. “There may be something about that group, and how they think about life issues and their life choices that may make a difference.”

            Dr. Arias noted that the higher suicide rates might be due to a series of life and financial circumstances that are unique to the baby boomer generation.

            Nancy Berliner, a Boston historian, lost her 58-year-old husband to suicide two years ago. She said she would like to see more emphasis on cause and prevention. “One suicide can inspire other people, unfortunately, to view suicide as an option,” Ms. Berliner said. “It’s important that society becomes more comfortable with discussing it. Then the people left behind will not have this stigma.”

            James Turnage

            Columnist-The Guardian Express

          • Wilkins Micawber

            Razors pain you,
            Rivers are damp,
            Acids stain you,
            And drugs cause cramp.
            Guns aren’t lawful,
            Nooses give,
            Gas smells awful.
            You might as well live.”
            ― Dorothy Parker, Enough Rope

          • okokok

            spread the word poor wiilie the macawbiner:
            lol 20 Obvious Lies That Will Shock Conservatives (If They Ever Bothered To Read A Book Or Two) http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/06/22/20-obvious-lies-that-will-shock-conservatives-if-they-ever-bothered-to-read-a-book-or-two/

          • Wilkins Micawber

            Yes, nothing gets the taste of fear and humiliation out of your mouth like Beebopareebop Rhubarb Pie.

            But one little thing can revive a guy,
            And that is home-made rhubarb pie.
            Serve it up, nice and hot.
            Maybe things aren’t as futile as you thought.

            Mama’s little baby loves rhubarb, rhubarb,
            Beebopareebop Rhubarb Pie.
            Mama’s little baby loves rhubarb, rhubarb,
            Beebopareebop Rhubarb Pie.

            Garrison Effing Keillor! That’s the most hilarious thing I’ve read all weekend! Thanks for the laugh okokok-boy!

          • okokok

            just for little willie who is clinically a macawber; Religious Fundamentalism Is a “Mental Illness” That Could Soon Be “Cured”

            - Roy Klabin
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            The vast majority of us who find comfort in our spiritual beliefs and philosophical contemplations, often hang our heads in shame when associated with the venom of hate-filled fanatics. But it seems the nature of extremist belief, may have more to do withneurological disorder than
            a devoted understanding of scripture.

            Leading Oxford University neurologist Kathleen Taylor has posited in her new book T*he Brain Supremacy* that religious fundamentalism may soon be an identifiable “mental disorder” — and curable as an illness.

            Discussing the positive developments she anticipated in neuroscience in the coming years, Taylor predicted that radicalized ideologies may soon divert from the category of personal choice or free will, and be recognized as the mental disturbance they truly are. She didn’t limit her scope to fundamentalist Islam or cults, but included outlier credences as well, like the belief that beating your children is acceptable.

            She hopes to fully understand how certain people devote themselves so counter-intuitively to beliefs that cause such massive social harm. That said, Taylor recognizes the potential moral hazards of developing technologies that enter the mind and manipulate the brain: “They cannot be morally neutral, these world-shaping tools; when the aspect of the world in question is a human being, morality inevitably rears its hydra heads … Technologies which profoundly change our relationship with the world around us cannot simply be tools, to be used for good or evil, if they alter our basic perception of what good and evil are.”

            One of the most surprising and confusing aspects of the recent acts of brutality by Michael Adebowale in
            London and the Tsarnaev brothers in
            Boston, is that none of their friends or family recognized any signs of brewing malice within them. Much in the same way serial killers are often described as charming or soft-spoken, it seems that certain people’s nature simply veers towards violence and sadism.Perhaps religion, like politics, patriotism, or other broad social platforms, allows people to act out their “Us vs Them” fantasies. It creates an outlet for people’s insatiable desire for conflict. The psychosis of Christ or Mohammed is not so much about the spiritual teachings within their books, but more about the ability to give your sadism authority.

            Philip Zimbardo, who partook in some of the most famous psychological experiments regarding the nature of evil, gave a wonderful TED talk on the psychology and circumstances of evil acts. In it, he suggests circumstances play a stronger factor in determining evil actions:

            Perhaps Taylor is correct, and we will soon discover the region of the brain that acts on evil impulses. Perhaps Zimbardo is correct, and the social structures around us will always influence our malleable nature. If we look at the animals around us, we see a natural order of violence and dominance playing a part in wildlife’s harmony. If we look at the stars above, we see more darkness than light.

            There is an argument to made that “good” and “light” may in fact be the rebellious new ideas, defying the tranquil abyss of darkness that dominates the universe.

          • Wilkins Micawber

            Quote some more Garrison Keillor!

          • okokok

            you are not co-operating little willie of the macawber; should we change your meds?
            i know why:
            Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice

            There’s no gentle way to put it: People who give in to racism and prejudice may simply be dumb, according to a new study that is bound to stir public controversy.

            The research finds that children with low intelligence are
            more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes as adults. These findings point to a vicious cycle, according to lead researcher Gordon Hodson, a psychologist at Brock University in
            Ontario. Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, the study found. Those ideologies, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes that can contribute to prejudice, Hodson wrote in an email to LiveScience.

            “Prejudice is extremely complex and multifaceted, making it critical that any factors contributing to bias are
            uncovered and understood,” he said.

          • Wilkins Micawber

            How about another helping of your hero Garrison Keillor’s rhubarb pie!

          • okokok

            did you know little willie nutbag macawber?

            1. A Socialist wrote the Pledge of Allegiance.
            2. Jesus healed the sick and helped the poor, for free.
            3. Joseph McCarthy was an un-American, witch hunting sissy.
            4. Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee were traitors.
            5. The South lost the Civil War, get over it.
            6. The Founding Fathers were liberals.
            7. Fascism is a right-wing trait.
            8. Sarah Palin is an idiot.
            9. The Earth is round.
            10. Reagan raised taxes eleven times as President.
            11. Reagan legalized abortion as Governor of California.
            12. Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency.
            13. Ronald Reagan supported gun control.
            14. Global warming is real.
            15. Republicans hate illegal immigrants, unless they need their lawns mowed or their houses cleaned.

            16. The military is a government-run institution, so why do Republicans approve the defense budget?
            17. The Cold War is over and the Soviet Union no longer exists.
            18. Paying taxes is patriotic.
            19. Republicans: Peddling the same failed economic policies since 1880. 20. The Republican Party began as a liberal party.
            21. The Presidents’ full name is Barack Hussein Obama and he was born in the United States of America.
            22. George W. Bush held hands with the King of Saudi Arabia.
            23. President Obama saved the American auto industry, while Republicans wanted to destroy it.
            24. Hate is not a Christian virtue.
            25. Jesus was a liberal.
            26. Republicans spend MORE money than Democrats.
            27. Tea parties are for little girls.
            28. Public schools educate all children; private schools are for indoctrinating children.
            29. The Constitution is the law, NOT the Bible.
            30. Sharia law doesn’t exist in America.
            31. The President is NOT a Muslim.
            32. Corporations are NOT people. People are people.
            33. Fox News isn’t real news, it’s just a racist, sexist, hateful, right-wing propaganda machine.
            34. The Federal Reserve was a Republican idea.
            35. Women are equal citizens who deserve equal rights.
            36. Women control their own bodies.
            37. Abortion is a relevant medical procedure, just ask Rick Santorum. 38. Please use spell-check.
            39. It’s “pundit”, not “pundint”.
            40. Social Security is solvent through 2038.
            41. Health care is a right, not a product.
            42. Roe v. Wade was a bipartisan ruling made by a conservative leaning Supreme Court.
            43. G.O.P also stands for Gross Old Perverts.
            44. The donkey shouldn’t be the Democratic mascot because Republicans are the real jackasses.
            45. Barack Obama ordered the killing of Osama Bin Laden. It took him two and half years to do what Bush couldn’t do in eight.
            46. Waterboarding IS torture.
            47. 9/11 happened on George W. Bush’s watch, therefore he did NOT keep America safe.
            48. Republicans invaded Iraq for oil, so Iraq should be allowed to invade Texas to get it back.
            49. Separation of church and state is in the Constitution, it’s called the First Amendment.
            50. Muslims are protected by the Constitution, just as much as Christians. 51. Barack Obama is the first African-American President, get over it. 52. The Oval Office is NOT a “whites only” office.
            53. America is a nation of immigrants, therefore we are all anchor babies. 54. The white race isn’t disappearing, it’s evolving.
            55. God is a particle.
            56. Evolution is real.
            57. The Earth is 4.54 billion years old, not 6,000.
            58. The Founding Fathers did not free the slaves.
            59. The Revolution was NOT fought over slavery.
            60. Paul Revere warned the Americans, NOT the British.
            61. Federal law trumps state law.
            62. The Civil War was about slavery, NOT state’s rights.
            63. Corporations care more about profits than they do about people. 64. Getting out of a recession requires government spending.
            65. Glenn Beck is a nut-job.
            66. Republicans: Paranoid since 1932.
            67. Republicans don’t want to pay for your birth control, but they want you to pay for their Viagra.
            68. Republicans actually NEED Viagra.
            69. Fox News is owned by an Australian and has a Saudi prince as an investor.
            70. Republicans complain about immigrants taking American jobs, then freely give American jobs to foreigners overseas.
            71. Republicans hate communism, so why do they refer to themselves as red states?
            72. Labor unions built this country.
            73. Republicans hold America hostage as a political strategy; the temper tantrum throwing kind of political strategy.
            74. Jesus was a Jew, not a Christian.
            75. When Republicans see black, they attack.
            76. Inside every Republican is a Klansman or a Nazi waiting to bloom. 77. Republicans only care about children BEFORE they are born.
            78. Republicans are hypocrites, they’re just too stupid to know it. 79. The Christian-Right boycotts movies that have violence, and then promotes guns and insurrection.
            80. I think therefore I am NOT a Republican.
            81. Republicans that oppose gay marriage are most likely in the closet themselves.
            82. Churches should stay out of politics, or be taxed.
            83. People are too poor to vote Republican.
            84. Democrats think for themselves, Republicans form think tanks to do it for them.
            85. Republicans hate education because they couldn’t hack it in school. 86. Greed is one of the seven deadly sins and Republicans wallow in it. 87. A little socialism on the Left is better than a little fascism on the Right.
            88. The current corporate tax rate is the lowest in 60 years, so stop whining about it being too high.
            89. Republicans: Anti-Gay Marriage, Pro-Lesbian sex.
            90. Republicans: Terrorizing the American people since 1981.
            91. Republicans have their own terrorists, just look up Timothy McVeigh. 92. Republicans love outsourcing, just ask the Chinese Communists.
            93. The Republican answer to the oil spill was to apologize to BP, a foreign oil company.
            94. Democrats will be working hard to bring jobs to Americans, while the Republicans tea bag each other in the middle of the aisles.
            95. Voter disenfranchisement is immoral and un-American, that’s why Republicans do it.
            96. Republicans would let your house burn down unless you pay them to put it out.
            97. Democrats want to take care of the sick. Republicans take their credit cards and then deny them medical attention.
            98. Republicans say teachers are union thugs, then proceed to rape and mug the entire middle class on behalf of corporations.
            99. Republicans think rape isn’t a crime, but miscarriages are.
            100. Republicans are idiots and arguing with them is a waste of time!

          • okokok

            i’m a little willie, i’m little willie the parrot aka,
            Wilkins Micawber ; i’m an idiot!