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US govt shutdown: Germany, UK issue 'travel warning' to America, Obama cancels Asia trip
The Times of India ^ | October 3, 2013 | Chidanand Rajghatta

Posted on 10/02/2013 7:54:46 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Germany and Britain became the first countries to issue a "travel warning" for the United States as the government shutdown in America entered the second day on Wednesday with no sign of resolution. Feisty Democrats and hardline Republicans stuck to their guns, the former rejecting proposals from conservatives to fund re-opening of just parts of the government with an "all-or-nothing" response.

President Obama meantime curtailed a four-nation Asia trip that is to begin Saturday to just two nations (Indonesia and Brunei), scrapping tail-end visits to Malaysia and Philippines because the disruption prevented the White House from sending an advance party to the final two stops.

It was just one of many unexpected fall-outs from the shutdown spectacle that is attracting universal bemusement and dismay, and a growing domestic backlash. The German warning was not about terrorism in the familiar sense, but related to what many are calling hostage-taking tactics by some US lawmakers that is disrupting workaday administration with greater severity with each passing hour.

The German foreign ministry notification on what it called Verwaltungsstillstand (government shutdown) notified travelers of possible longer wait times at passport control and other inconveniences, including closure of many historic sites and national parks. "Air traffic control, security and immigration processes are not currently expected to be disrupted, but delays may occur," the British travel advisory said.

Indeed, in Washington DC and across the country, tourists both domestic and foreign faced frustrating "closed" signs at national monuments and parks. In an era when many government functions and operations have devolved on to the Internet, the shutdown also began to choke websites.

Nasa's famed website, haunt of air and space buffs across the world, flashed a message that read: Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available. We sincerely regret this inconvenience. The White House website itself threw up this message on Wednesday morning: Due to Congress's failure to pass legislation to fund the government, the information on this web site may not be up to date. Some submissions may not be processed, and we may not be able to respond to your inquiries.

While some commentators said, rather hopefully, that cool heads and rational thinking will prevail after a bout of brinkmanship, others were spooked by the thought that this is just a trailer for another showdown that may follow — the government's need to raise the US debt ceiling by October 17 so that it can pay its bills. Republicans have threatened to throw more sand in the wheels, spooking an already nervous international community that is starting to worry about the political and financial stability of the United States.

'Biggest gift to enemies'

The cover illustration of the German business daily Handelsblatt on Wednesday showed the Statue of Liberty in chains, her torch hanging by her side, with the caption "The Blocked World Power". On the floor of the Senate, California lawmaker Dianne Feinstein warned that the failure of Congress to perform its most basic functions "means our country is more at risk of a terrorist attack," adding, "Our shutdown is the biggest gift we could possibly give our enemies."

None of this seemed to perturb Tea Party hardliners led by Ted Cruz, the freshman Senator from Texas who has become the face of Republican extremism and rebellion. Moderate Republicans have been reduced to moaning that the party is now in "Cruz control" after it was forced to advance his version of a compromise — offering to fund specific parts of the government and holding out till the President scales back his Obamacare initiative.

Expectedly, the Democrats rejected the proposals and threw the ball right back to the Republicans. The shutdown showdown looks likely to go on for some — perhaps several — more days.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: britain; congress; cruz; germany; govtshutdown; obama; shutdown; teaparty; tedcruz; travelwarning
Wonder if he asked them to do that to make it seem more of a serious situation?
1 posted on 10/02/2013 7:54:46 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Germany and Britain became the first countries to issue a "travel warning" for the United States"

Too bad we don't have a similar warning from Saudi Arabia and the rest of the ME, China, Pakistan and a bucha others.

2 posted on 10/02/2013 7:57:26 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Like Mexico...


3 posted on 10/02/2013 7:57:49 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We’re on Cruz control, and we’re going to squeeze the rats until they bleed!


4 posted on 10/02/2013 7:58:13 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Viennacon

Let’s just Cruz until Nov, 2014....


5 posted on 10/02/2013 7:59:37 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Likely.


6 posted on 10/02/2013 7:59:51 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Was all this pathetic high drama coming from Germany and UK when the OTHER shut-downs occurred?


7 posted on 10/02/2013 8:00:12 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Paladin2

We should Cruz all the way to 2016!


8 posted on 10/02/2013 8:00:29 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

maybe we could take up a collection and send him back home to Indonesia for a really nice, long vacation......(at least the next 3.7 years...)?


9 posted on 10/02/2013 8:00:33 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (Er)
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To: Paladin2

“Saturday to just two nations (Indonesia and Brunei), scrapping tail-end visits to Malaysia and Philippines”

Frankly in my view, the last two which are now omitted are a bit more important that the first two but then again, Barry would not get to visit his early life homeland.


10 posted on 10/02/2013 8:00:40 PM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Did we have a so-called black president back then? There’s your answer, I’ll wager.


11 posted on 10/02/2013 8:03:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the mainland US There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Viennacon
we’re going to squeeze the rats until they bleed!

Squeeze them till their heads pop like zits.

12 posted on 10/02/2013 8:04:33 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (My PV2 is my hero.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

13 posted on 10/02/2013 8:05:12 PM PDT by Route395
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Dick Durbin is the ultimate zit.


14 posted on 10/02/2013 8:05:23 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Feinstein warned that the failure of Congress to perform its most basic functions "means our country is more at risk of a terrorist attack,"

I have been thinking about that too. I strongly suspect that we're still looking for an excuse to invade Syria and/or Iran. If anything does happen, America will have its casus belli. just sayin'.

15 posted on 10/02/2013 8:05:50 PM PDT by RC one
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Americans: We’re as ungovernable as Hottentots with the trots.
Just ask the British. And the Germans. Bring money. Don’t touch.


16 posted on 10/02/2013 8:09:15 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In both Germany and Britain the moslems are three deep.I think *we* should issue a travel warning for those contries.
17 posted on 10/02/2013 8:15:58 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: Viennacon

Just imagine if members of SEIU don’t get paychecks for a few months how the pressure could come to bare on the Dims?


18 posted on 10/02/2013 8:22:34 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Paladin2
Too bad we don't have a similar warning from Saudi Arabia and the rest of the ME, China, Pakistan and a bucha others.

People go to Europe for enjoyment. The other places you mentioned aren't, um, "vacation" spots.
Saudi Arabia has NO TOURISM, no tourist visa. The ONLY folks who visit it without the requisite visa are those on cruises where the Red Sea is a port stop. Even then, it's off and back on the ship after only some hours.

There REALLY, REALLY, REALLY is nothing to see...not a blade of grass, nothing green, LOTS of camel spiders (I was bitten by one.), dust, dirt, wind, rain only once every five years or so for MAYBE a few minutes. They DO have one pretty thing, a rock, called the "desert rose," pinkish quartz, pretty.
God gave those Bedouins a horrible place to live...then in the 20th century He gave them geologists who discovered PETROLUEM (black gold, Texas tea--Beverly hillbillies) the likes that have rarely been seen before.

The Saudis really don't care about the money. They just want to sit around (segregated from the opposite sex, of course), drink tea and talk about ... everything, all day and night long.

God has a very odd sense of humor, doesn't he?

19 posted on 10/02/2013 8:23:30 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, there you go. The world now hates us because of the Tea Party thus letting Obama off the hook.


20 posted on 10/02/2013 8:25:37 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Viennacon

I dunno. Any Senate that includes Harry Reid would find that kind of parasite difficult to top.


21 posted on 10/02/2013 8:26:02 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (My PV2 is my hero.)
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To: cloudmountain

Whattabout Camel races?


22 posted on 10/02/2013 8:26:32 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You bet he did. Obama couldn’t fight his way out of a paper bag.


23 posted on 10/02/2013 8:27:04 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: cloudmountain

So the glassification of Mecca and Medina won’t have a significant environmental impact?


24 posted on 10/02/2013 8:28:17 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I find it hilarious that websites don’t continue to run during a government shutdown.


25 posted on 10/02/2013 9:08:25 PM PDT by Rightwing Conspiratr1
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To: Viennacon
Dick Durbin is the ultimate zit.
Dick "appropriately named" Durbin is up there but I nominate Chucky Schumer first.
26 posted on 10/02/2013 9:17:00 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Feisty Democrats and hardline Republicans stuck to their guns”

Don’t you just love it.


27 posted on 10/02/2013 9:27:36 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (If global warming exists I hope it is strong enough to reverse the Big Government snowball)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Quick, get Mexico to issue a Travel Advisory.


28 posted on 10/02/2013 9:30:08 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Due to the Federal Government Shutdown, the Tagline is closed.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yep. Cameron and Merkel are just doing #BarryCade a favor.


29 posted on 10/02/2013 9:33:34 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Kickass Conservative

As if half of those headed here can read.


30 posted on 10/02/2013 9:39:04 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the mainland US There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Shut it down until weeds are growing in the center of Pennsylvania Avenue.


31 posted on 10/02/2013 9:47:22 PM PDT by Scooter100
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Like the Colonial days!!!


32 posted on 10/02/2013 9:49:08 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Rightwing Conspiratr1

I find it hilarious that websites don’t continue to run during a government shutdown.


My take as well. Proof, as if any were needed, that the whole thing is a sham and a hoax.


33 posted on 10/02/2013 9:49:50 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Cruz control...ha ha ha...that’s very funny.


34 posted on 10/03/2013 12:37:01 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: Gay State Conservative

Three deep? You mean three percent of the population.


35 posted on 10/03/2013 12:37:53 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: cloudmountain
The Saudis really don't care about the money. They just want to sit around (segregated from the opposite sex, of course), drink tea and talk about ... everything, all day and night long.

I know ex-pats who can confirm that is exactly true, although they said the conversations were restricted solely to children and religion. On that basis, they didnt bother to learn any arabic.

36 posted on 10/03/2013 12:40:43 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: Vanders9
How do they know what the Saudis were discussing if they didn't understand Arabic? Did they ask the Saudis? Maybe the Saudis were talking about things they didn't want the foreigners to understand. It's possible they were telling the WHOLE truth.

I had the same question for our Saudis. They kept talking about "sayyarits." I did ask. Sayyarits are cars. The men, all middle aged, were talking about their 18 year old sons. Their sons didn't want to work or go to school; they just wanted to drive around in the sayyarits. I laughed and told them that our 18 year old males were much the same.

37 posted on 10/03/2013 6:31:37 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why are Democrats ‘feisty’ and Republicans ‘hardlined’?


38 posted on 10/03/2013 6:33:01 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Paladin2
The camel races are (or were) held once a year. They were held south, out in the deep desert and were, according to those few expats who actually went to them, a TOTAL disaster, disorganized, dusty, dirty and 100% Saudi. It was not a place for ex-pats.

Maybe things are more organized now.

39 posted on 10/03/2013 6:34:25 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

At the turn of the century (1900) only 1% of the Saudis could read. That has been DRASTICALLY changed. The Saudis made a concerted effort at getting the population literate. Now, all the young’uns can read, even the girls. The older generation still doesn’t read.


40 posted on 10/03/2013 6:36:51 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: freekitty
You bet he did. Obama couldn’t fight his way out of a paper bag.

Nice way to put it.

41 posted on 10/03/2013 6:38:11 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I should be offended, but I’m not. :)
I see it as directed at Obama, not the country. Let them slap him around a little bit.


42 posted on 10/03/2013 7:02:44 AM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Vanders9
Three deep? You mean three percent of the population.

No,that's a slang expression used 'round my way meaning "far too many".I've also heard the expression used at least once in a Python skit so perhaps it's used 'round your way as well...if only by the Oxbridge crowd.In fact I've heard a lot of words/phrases used in British shows (comedy,drama,etc) that are used by my Irish family.Maybe my ancestors brought them from the Old Country.

43 posted on 10/03/2013 8:22:00 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: cloudmountain

Well obviously they had SOME knowledge of Arabic. I agree its a rather sweeping statement, but thats what they told me.


44 posted on 10/04/2013 2:25:19 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: Gay State Conservative

I know the expression. I was just using it as a counterpoint to illustrate that there are nowhere near as many muslims in the UK as is generally thought by most Americans. Sometimes it seems more because they tend to be concentrated in certain areas.


45 posted on 10/04/2013 2:28:06 AM PDT by Vanders9
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