Shutdown Theater: Life imitates satire

Editor Lifson wrote a blog post yesterday reporting that - the internet rumor debunker site - took a satirical photoshop of a sheet being used to block the view of Mount Rushmore during the shutdown as an actual story being circulated by the right. The satire from the website was just that - a way to poke fun at the shutdown. But today, the Feds have placed a virtual sheet in front of Mount Rushmore by placing cones along highway viewing areas outside Mount Rushmore barring visitors from pulling over and taking pictures of the monument - and then lying about the reason. That's right. The National Park Service is trying to prevent people from even seeing Mount Rushmore. The cones first went up Oct. 1, said Dusty Johnson, Gov. Dennis Daugaard's chief of staff. The state asked that they be taken down, and federal officials did so with some of them. The state was told the cones were a safety precaution to help channel cars into viewing...(Read Full Post)