US Rep. Renee Ellmers Needs Her Paycheck… And Other News

Renee Ellmers

Furloughed employees – blah blah blah. The bottom line is that Renee Ellmers NEEDS her paycheck.

The US government shutdown has furloughed some 800,000 federal employees who must go without pay until the Republicans and the Democrats become friends. But since they President and the members of Congress are considered “essential” to the country, they are still being paid. In lieu of this, some members of the Republican party have announced that they will be foregoing their paychecks during the GOP-led shutdown. But not North Carolina’s Renee Ellmers! The Republican congresswoman said that she needs her $170,000 annual salary too much to donate it. “I need my paycheck. That’s the bottom line,” Renee Ellmers said to Raleigh’s WTVD Channel 11. “I understand that there may be some other members who are deferring their paychecks, and I think that’s admirable. I’m not in that position.” I don’t think the 800,000 furloughed employees are in that position either – but they don’t have a choice…or a rich surgeon for a husband. Raw Story

Hell RideLast weekend a pack of motorcyclists overreacted to some classic Asian driving. A driver of a SUV accidently rear-ended a biker on the road and when he pulled over to see if he was ok, the bikers attacked! Fearing for his life, the driver, Alexian Lien, sped away, running over one of the bikers in the process. The motorcyclists, who included an undercover NYPD cop, followed him, smashed the SUV windows, pulled the dad out of the car and beat him while his wife and toddler watched from the car. The cop, who did not want to blow his cover, did nothing to stop the attack. He has since lawyered up. NBC News

GiapHe ousted the US from Vietnam and now Jesus (?) has ousted him from earth. North Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap died on Friday at the ripe age of 102.  The General was most famous for his battlefield victory at Dien Bien Phu which drove France out of the country as well as his relentless resistance to US troops. The former teacher turned respected military figure was among the last survivors of the generation that saw Vietnam go from colonial rule to communism. New York Times

Police officers investigate the scene where a man set himself on fire in front of the U.S. Capitol on the U.S. National Mall in WashingtonDC is really going crazy… Did they shutdown all the psychiatric facilities too? One day after a delusional woman who believed President Obama was spying on her crashed into the White House gates, a man lit himself on fire on the National Mall while facing the US Capitol. The unidentified man doused himself in gasoline and set himself ablaze while nearby joggers attempted to extinguish him with their sweaty jogging shorts. The victim was “conscious and breathing” when firefighters arrived to airlift him to the hospital. No word yet on his motivation for burning himself alive or whether or not he had signed up for Obamacare yet. USA Today

Egyptian clashesI guess that ban on all Muslim Brotherhood related activities didn’t quite take. Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood clashed with opponents and Egyptian riot police in central Cairo. The Brotherhood buddies were marching in protest on their way to Tahrir Square when security forces intervened. The police resorted to the tactic of firing tear gas into the crowds. Better than firing bullets! Oh wait, they did that too. Four people are reported dead and at least 40 others injured.  BBC News

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