Government Shutdown: Cruise (without the z) Control

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A guard in front of the White House on Jan. 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.

The federal government shut down today.

And Ted Cruz had nothing to do with it.

Rather, a winter storm warning and forecast of up to seven inches of snow shut down Washington before the business day even started, coming out of a long three-day weekend   no less. Congress already was away on recess, so without the morning rush of the federal workforce the town acquired an even greater serenity in a cloud of snowflakes.

This is a day when artistry comes alive:

We’re not the only ones blogging about it:

 

The trouble with a closure like Washington’s, declared before the first flake fell, is that the idled have little to do but blog:

So, as they say, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

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