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The good folks at Michelle Malkin's Home for Aggrieved Aggregators have made a shocking discovery! House Republicans did not shut down the park service, and in particular did not shut down theWorld War II Memorial on the National Mall. Turns out the orders to shut out WWII vets came directly from Barack Obama himself! And they have statements from a Park Service spokeslady, even:


Stephen Hayes @stephenfhayes: At the WWII Memorial, Carol Johnson w/the Park Service says they were told to close the site by White House's Office of Management & Budget.

Kathleen McKinley @KatMcKinley: There it is. The White House Office of Management & Budget ordered the closing of the WWII Memorial. Disgusting.

Yep, there it is. Harry Reid can point his grotesque fingers at the GOP all he wants, but the order to close the World War II Memorial reportedly came straight from the executive branch.

We would like to congratulate the Twitchers for their sleuthing. Never mind that it's Congress's job to ensure that government is funded -- once the money was no longer authorized, it was indeed the Office of Management and Budget (which manages federal facilities) that told the Park Service to shut down parks and monuments in DC, doubtless because Barack Obama Hates America's Troops.

Basically, the whole article is a collection of tweets from different people repeating that monuments in DC were ordered closed by the OMB, with ominous explanations like this:

The OMB, or Office of Management and Budget is part of the executive branch and reports directly to President Obama

[...]

Confirmed: Those barricades are Barry-cades.

Ah, but that's not all! Since there was suddenly a large crowd, accompanied by members of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus, showing up at the World War II Memorial, the OMB authorized Park Police to be on hand (you know, rather than just walk away from the situation altogether, the way things should work in a modern civilization). That brought us this insight:

Not only did the order to keep World War II veterans away from their memorial come from the top, but Park Service employees have been “excepted” from the furlough to make it happen.

Happily, Michele Bachmann was on hand to be photographed with all the WWII vets, and she made a solemn vow:

"President Obama and Harry Reid wanted the government to shut down, so they could say ‘Look at those evil Republicans, they want this to happen.’ ... [but we] aren’t going to let these World War II veterans be used as political pawns."

For the moment, the circus at the WW II Memorial may be cooled somewhat by a bit of administrative legerdemain that some unidentified smart person came up with:

United States Park Police announced that planned Honor Flight visits to the monument are considered “First Amendment activities,” which are allowed regardless of the government’s operating status.

Stars And Stripes reporter Leo Shane III tweeted earlier today that this distinction has already been put into effect, with Honor Flight veterans being admitted to the Memorial while non-vet tourists trying to go past the barricades were turned away.

So ... is that that then? Not bloody likely! Remember, before today, history's greatest tragedy was the time Barack Nobummer ordered the sequester so he could keep all the white tourists (whom he hates) out of the White House, because of how it is the Black House now, the end.

[Twitchy / Slate / Stars and Stripes / photo credit Leo Shane III, Twitter]

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The Church of Scientology had some thoughts about Our Robyn's piece, Who Wants To Watch A Creepy White Guy Rap About Scientology? We had some thoughts about their thoughts.

Thanks for writing in, Scientology! As you doubtless realized when you didn't demand we take down our story, but requested it instead, our opinions of your weird cult and that poor young man's rap skills are protected by the First Amendment. (I learned about libel law in college and grad school but also on the job: I was in newspapers so long that I was actually colleagues with Tony Ortega -- about whom you sound quite "venomous" and "biased" -- at the very same newspaper chain you can't believe he defended! Next up, please show your due diligence by talking trash about a woman you didn't know was my mom.)

Also, a lot of your former members say on the record that you kidnap people, and stalk them, and harass them, and sometimes beat them up good, and I request that if so, fucking stop it.

The rest of you click the headline, if you want your OPEN THREAD.

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Monday's Trump-Putin press conference landed on the entire free world like a hot treason-shaped turd, didn't it? Congressional Republicans have been saying mean things about it on Twitter, and even Fox News has been less than 100% supportive! The White House communications department obviously knew it had a crisis on its hands, what with how it's generally considered inappropriate for the leader of the free world to get on all fours in front of the Russian president and wag his tail and slobber with anticipation while he awaits his next marching orders. WOMP WOMP, etc.

So the comms department typed up a thing for the president to read aloud today at the beginning of his meeting with members of Congress, about how he was VERY SORRY he said one word incorrectly during the Putin presser. That's right, only one word of that whole fucking shitshow was wrong. All the rest of his traitor words were exactly what he meant to say.

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