October 1st, 2013
05:14 AM ET

Pandas, goats and asteroids: The shutdown's other effects

Furloughed workers. Shuttered offices. Lost pay. By now, we know well the awful mess we're in due to the government grinding to a halt. But the shutdown has also had some lesser-known effects.

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  1. Hamsta

    How wrong you are Banasy. I went to trade school for 4 years to become an A.S.E. Auto Tech. Walmart can't do a simple brake job or a simple wheel alignment because they won't pay REAL mechanics. I have 6 years of training building, repairing and running cranes. My job is not for the faint of heart, I gaurantee the first tome you swing these cranes it will put the fear of God in you. Anyone can stock the shelves or run a cash register at walmart but very few have the nerves of steel, skill and education to do what I do.

    October 1, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Walmart the largest employer in the united states. Not union and not looking to give workers a living wage. Sending employees to the medicaid and food stamp lines. And you are wrong, they have pharms, tire dept, eyeglasses, with pharmacists and optimologists. Many people are there and are raising families, They could be full time they just hire 2ce as many workers to get around benefits Hamsta. Produce workers, Meat cutters, truck drivers, marketing, customer service, shipping and receiving, and forklift operators. All people whom could be full time, few do, but jobs all meant to be full time.

      October 1, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      What am I wrong about? I didn't bring up your education, and all you've done in the past few months is talk about your part-time dock work, p/t construction, p/t car fixing. So what am I wrong about?

      October 1, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Nerves of steel to be a mechanic?? You're joking, right? I've been fixing cars since I was 12. I took the A.S.E. Certification and passed it withough going to school for it. You don't pass the smell test, sonny. Yer lyin'.

      October 1, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Another point of failure for the TP. Despite their efforts to turn the economy down, the Dow average jumped 61 points today. Wonder what their next failed attempt against the president will be.

    October 1, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      "Buy this magazine or I'll shoot this dog!"

      October 1, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      The sky is falling, but it is not because of climate change. lol

      October 1, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    I wouldn't go to Walmart to get my tires aligned, anyway. I support small independent business owners, even if I have to pay a few dollars more. Unfortunately, not everyone has that luxury.

    Question, Hamsta, when you're fixing these cars, do you declare that income, or are you paid cash under the table?

    October 1, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hamsta

    By banasy's math 40 – 60 hours in a crane plus 30 -40 in a shop is part time. Banasy is delusional.

    October 1, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Try working overtime at Walmart because they tell you to, and then find out it against policy so they won't pay you for your overtime.

      October 1, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      So you work in a shop? Do you work on rig equipment?

      October 1, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Hamsta, I am going by what you reported in your many posts. YOU said you worked part time, not I. In your hurry to slam everything I say, you have failed to take into account that this is whay you yourself have stated in the past.
      Now, either I'm delusional for having taken you at your word that you worked part time, or you're lying/have lied in the past. And I'm not delusional.

      October 1, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scottish Mama

    @Hamsta – Do you get time and a half for Overtime?

    October 1, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Scottish Mama

    Okay Pandas are cute, goats not so much, asteroids are just dangerous.

    October 1, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juan Jiminez

      Do you know that in obamacare when concerning doctors and treatment there is a part in there that specifically talks about how you get treated when getting bit by a duck? Or other guidelines that specify treatment if a duck flies and hits you. Or if a duck trips you. This is what doctors have to deal with whicis why %70 of doctors appose this flippin mess. Can't make this stuff up. Watch this one get deleted as fast as the firs

      October 2, 2013 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Juan Jiminez

      The govt at anytime can also access your bank accts at any time and fine you under this law. Can't make this up. There are also twenty seven tax holes in this bill. Once again I cannot make this up. Scary times folks and this is just the beginning

      October 2, 2013 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Juan Jiminez

      Hikes not holes. Lol.

      October 2, 2013 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Did you know that there were 161 amendments proposed by the GOP added to the ACA in the spitit of compromise? Can't make this stuff up. And that they all voted against it because they didn't want the ACA to be bipartisan. Can't make this stuff up.

      October 2, 2013 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      161 amendments the the GOP put into the ACA. Can't make this up.

      October 2, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Mama, I haven't been to a Walmart in probably that long, either. They offer low paying jobs, forcing people to get supplemental aid, and then people look down their noses at them for being the working poor. Not to mention Walmart help killed Main Street, USA. Bah!

    October 1, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      They also pay companies peanuts for the companies products, such as Levi's.

      October 1, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hamsta

    Yes I get overrtime, I actually get overtime every day. If I work from 7:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. and catch the turnaround till 10:30 P.M. I get a meal hour ( 1 hour overtime in addition to hourly pay) at 7:00 A.M. and again at 6:00 P.M. anything after 6:00 P.M. and before 6:00 A.M. is overtime. Plus crane operators get 2 for 1 pay. At the shop it's flag time. A shop has a book called a labor estimating guide that specifies how many hours of labor can be charged for each specific job, by law.

    October 1, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Thank your Union for that, Hamsta.

      October 1, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      And before you call me any more names, I meant for your crane job overtime.

      October 1, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hairy Reed (R-Ohio)

      Hamstring, your just lucky your not feeding cranes.

      October 1, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hamsta

    Ya banasy, thank the union, the same union that told me I should vote for Obama (of course I told them they were nuts, that Obama is a socialist), the same union that supported Obamacare (again I told them they were nuts) and now realize Obamacare is BAD, VERY BAD and want no part of it.

    October 1, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      You are free to quit that union, and your job, to hold onto your pure ideology.
      They'll, of course, thank you for your sacrifice to their cause. Stand firm! No compromise!
      Let someone who doesn't have your political savvy have the job that you wouldn't be able to have without that union. I mean, why hate yourself because you have a (ugh) union job? Get pure, today.

      October 1, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Well, of course you shouldn't compromise you TP principals by keeping a union job. You should absolutely quit as a sign of solidarity and purity.

      October 1, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      And not one word of the guy who has stolen your name all day long, or don't you mind being someone's sock puppet, Hamsta?

      October 1, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Observer

    The first Tea Party rally on the Mall in Washington DC was in March 2009, less than 2 months after Obama was sworn in. Later, they said they were angry with Bush but had not completely organized yet. Since we knew nothing about Obama’s actually policy recommendations we have to ask what motivated the Tea Party to get active so fast.

    October 1, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Oh, I can guess...the same motivation that prompted Mitt Romney to speak about Obama's failes policies in an interview that took place EIGHT DAYS after he took office in 2009.

      October 1, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Or the same motivation that drove McConnell to have his little secret meeting after Obama was elected, vowing to obstruct everything Obama does.

      October 1, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Scottish Mama

    @banasy-What is driving and paying the campaigns for the republicans this go around, The device manufacturers, producers of devices and import companies. President Obama is saying no more. I hope the american people get a clue and realize the republicans tout their love for the american people, but vote their love for the wealthy.

    October 1, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Scottish Mama

    Hamsta, I know you live in Louisiana. I lived there in Chauvin, a small town outside of Houma. What is your city?

    October 1, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    I never said anything about Walmart an unions. Do keep up.and that's Commandment #9 about bearing false witness, which you just broke.

    October 1, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    You would burst into flames if you tried to take the Lord's vows. Who are you kidding?

    October 1, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    Doesn't your one sock puppet hand know what your other sock puppet hand is doing? You're arguing with yourself now?

    October 1, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
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