Good luck to those of you in transit during Trump’s government shutdown

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  1. iRobert
    Posted January 23, 2019 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    I planned on visiting my cousins in New Jersey in a few days, but I sure as hell am not going to be getting on a flight under these circumstances. I can wait, or drive.

  2. ElsieGal
    Posted January 23, 2019 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Great timing: I am getting on a plane in the morning….

    I flew a few days ago and the people at the airport were exceptionally friendly and kind and attentive. And, yes, I thanked each and every one for being there for me and all the other travelers. I know that thanks don’t pay the bills, but kindness never hurts. I’ll stick with it!

  3. Eel
    Posted January 24, 2019 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Lest anyone forget whose fault this is.

    “I will shut down the government. I am proud to shut down the government. I will be the one to shut it down. I am not going to blame you for it. I will take the mantle of shutting it down.”
    — Donald Trump, 12/21/18

  4. David Simon by proxy
    Posted January 24, 2019 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    It’s asking a lot of one industry, its workers and those who desperately need to travel, but it’s clear a walk-out by pilots, flight attendants and air traffic controllers ends Trump’s tantrum of misrule in two days. And the safety concerns with aviation justify such entirely.

  5. Natasha Bertrand by proxy
    Posted January 24, 2019 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    New–Was just told that FBI internships are being canceled due to the shutdown, which amounts to hundreds of hours of investigative support every week “just gone.” FBI declined to comment.

  6. Lynne
    Posted January 24, 2019 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    I am getting really worried about the effect this shutdown is going to have on our economy, especially if things like air transportation are affected. Teleconferences only go so far. Sometimes business needs to be conducted in person and this is going to have an affect. It is just one thing too. SMH. Our toddler-in-chief is going to cause a lot of harm over this stupid wall.

  7. Dave Morris
    Posted January 24, 2019 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    iRobert –

    Do you see the terms “greater good” and “common good” as the same or different?

  8. iRobert
    Posted January 24, 2019 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    Dave Morris,

    I see the terms as having different meanings.

    How about you?

  9. Dave Morris
    Posted January 24, 2019 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    iRobert –

    I see them as having different meanings as well. I hear people use them synonymously then ( sequential ) and than ( relational ).

    “Common Good” seems to imply a dialogue among a community about what is best.

    “Greater Good” seems more abstract and implies a bargain in which some will gain and some will lose… greater than / less than.

    I am curious if your experience in politics has shown politicians to prefer one term over the other…

  10. iRobert
    Posted January 25, 2019 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    Dave Morris,

    To me, “common good” seems to reference considerations of a more practical nature, where a society as a whole seeks some balance in how sacrifice and benefits are distributed.

    Similarly to you, I perceive “greater good” as referencing more abstract matters or concerns, but where everyone may be expected to sacrifice.

    I feel as though politicians in the US overall are more often talking in terms of the “common good” than they are in terms of “greater good.” Though I rarely hear those specific words used.

    It also seems as though Democrats have been increasingly speaking in terms of “greater good” with their focus on issues like global warming. Though I’d still say most discussions remain in the realm of “common good.”

  11. iRobert
    Posted January 25, 2019 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Trump is speaking on the shutdown now. You can watch livestream at and many other sites.

  12. Hyborian Pudlord
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Big Orange Haiku

    The art of the cave
    Coulter’s strap-on leaves me raw
    Big Mac of my soul

  13. iRobert
    Posted January 27, 2019 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    I have to admit, HP has some talent as a poet. And when you think about it, his heiku is almost Q-anon-esque. That kinda sticks the knife in deeper.

  14. Dave Morris
    Posted January 29, 2019 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Hanson Brothers method of dispute resolution:

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