Take it away.
* GOVERNMENT CLOSURE: It will or it won't. If it does, it will be the Republicans fault. They will try to craft it to throw blame on Democrats for harming our troops, the last refuge these scoundrels always take. There is, however, a record of Republicans in Arkansas and elsewhere voting against multiple measures to make sure the troops would get paid.
* LIGHT DAWNS ON HUMAN RIGHTS: This is funny and encouraging. A top strategist for the National Organization of Marriage, a group leading the national political charge against same-sex marriage, has deserted the organization and taken its list of 290,000 Facebook friends with him.
Marinelli oversaw NOM’s online social media properties and actually drove the bus during NOM’s Summer 2010 bus tour. It was that tour, he tells Hooper, that began making him into an equality supporter. “The lesbian and gay people whom I made a profession out of opposing became real people for me almost instantly. For the first time I had empathy for them and remember asking myself what I was doing.”
* WHY DOES GOP HATE WOMEN? Meet Planned Parenthood and the services that John Boozman, Tim Griffin, Steve Womack and Rick Crawford want to kill.
As I'm able, I'll pass along shut-down bloviations.
MIKE ROSS NEWS RELEASE
U.S. Congressman Mike Ross of Prescott issued the following statement in anticipation of the impending federal government shutdown. Unless a budget deal is reached, normal operations of the U.S. federal government will immediately suspend tonight, April 8, 2011, at midnight ET until funding is restored by Congress and the President.
If the government does shut down, the Washington and district offices of U.S. Congressman Mike Ross will remain open and will operate according to regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm. However, each office will be operating on a limited staff and the closure of numerous federal agencies throughout the government may delay some constituent requests.
Ross has also created a special webpage for those interested in how the government shutdown will affect them and their families at ross.house.gov and by clicking on the shutdown icon.
Statement by U.S. Congressman Mike Ross:
“I am hopeful that all parties involved can reach an agreement as soon as possible. One of my biggest priorities throughout any shutdown will be helping the people of Arkansas’s Fourth Congressional District and answering their questions. In order to do so, my congressional offices will maintain normal business hours, although with a limited staff. Shutdown or not, I will continue doing my job and will keep helping the people of Arkansas while we work to end this budget stalemate.
“The American people want us to create jobs and strengthen our middle class, not shut down the government over budgetary disagreements, which only jeopardizes our economic recovery. I have voted for both the Democratic proposal and the Republican proposal to keep the government open because a shutdown is the last thing our fragile economy needs. I also believe that it’s wrong to play political games with our troops and their families, which is why I believe any shutdown is absolutely irresponsible.
“It’s past time to stop the partisan attacks and start working together to pass a budget that is fair to our troops, children, working families, seniors and veterans. As a fiscal conservative, I will do everything I can to be a moderating force in this debate and to work with both parties to find common ground. This is not a time for pure ideology — it’s time to get the job done and give our troops, children, seniors, veterans and the American people the certainty they deserve.