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How the Government Shutdown Affects Your Nachos


The government shutdown is in full effect… kind of. It’s in full effect on your nachos, at least.


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By Fausto Mendez

    We should all be aware of the government shutdown by now, but are you aware of how it will affect your nachos? We’ve already summarized the effects of the shutdown using yesterday’s top memes (with time-tested journalistic principles), but today, College Humor has a very educational and insightful piece on the shutdown’s effects as it relates to your nachos, including future nacho meals. 

"After Democrats and Republicans failed to find common ground on the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, the United States Government has shut down. Although we have seen many articles detailing how this will affect our day to day life, no one has yet addressed how this shutdown will affect everyone’s favorite party food: nachos.

Will this shutdown affect the taste of my nachos?

Short answer: No.

Long answer: It shouldn’t. The government shutdown causes many nonessential federal employees to be placed on furlough, but it should not affect the way that cheese tastes when melted onto tortilla chips and dipped into salsa.”

Finish reading What The Government Shutdown Means For Your Nachos


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Brace Yourselves: Government Shutdown Memes are Coming


    What does the government shutdown mean? We know it means some people won’t come into work today, but what does it really mean? Perhaps, some memes will clarify the situation.


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By Fausto Mendez

    As of Midnight last night, the US government is officially “shut down”. What that means is a lot of government employees won’t be allowed to go to work today, and other other government workers will be forced to work but without pay. However, that doesn’t mean ALL government workers won’t clock in today. Don’t expect the Highway Patrol to turn a blind eye to speeders just yet. Plus, security and military forces are still active in all the necessary places.

    But what are the greater implications of a government shutdown under these circumstances? The truth is I really don’t know. Even experienced politicians and political commentators aren’t 100% sure. This situation is all sorts of WTF.

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    It’s never happened this way in history, so all I can do offer you relevant memes to help the Internet explain it to you in layman’s terms. Let’s start with a meme posted by the famed Star Trek actor George Takei.

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    This next meme below summarizes every politician’s explanation for why we have to have this government shutdown.

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    In other words, our House of Representatives is full of BS, as usual. In any case, I’m sure some of you feel like this is just everyday business for Congress. And I have to agree, I never thought they were doing much in the first place.

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    But if some parts of the government really are shutting down today, what does that mean for the NSA and all the unnecessary spying on US citizens?

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    Oh, that’s right, they only shut down the parts that actually do good things for Americans. 

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    Well, keep your head up, kids. I have a feeling the government shutdown is just a big publicity stunt for attention, and as long as the IRS is clocking in, so am I.

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    More importantly, try to keep in mind (as the media delivers terror and apocalypse into your living room) that news organizations exaggerate a lot. I’m sure that if you take every word literally as it comes out of your TV set, you probably would think the apocalypse is just around the corner… since cable news depend on end-of-the-world themes to attract a lot of attention (which is great for delivering car ads and soda commercials).


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Check Out This Interactive Image of Obama’s 20lb bag of Promotional Gifts and Giveaways

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By Fausto Mendez

    The White House held a Correspondent’s Party with People & Time Magazine at the end of April, and as usual, businesses from all walks of life were eager to get their swag in front of the House’s top brass. 

    The above image of Obama’s 20lb swag bag from the Time/People WH Correspondent’s Party is making its way around the Web this week, courtesy of the Washington Post. There’s a ton of stuff to check out, and it might even give you ideas for your own promotional giveaway campaign. Hover your mouse over the image to reveal red markers (dots), and when your mouse hovers over the red markers, it reveals some basic details of the promotional giveaway. 

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