It's official, the Trump shutdown begins at midnight. True to form, the mendacious Trump is trying to blame Democrats for the shutdown, even though he indicated otherwise a scant ten days ago:
That's the 'art of the deal' for you- lie your damn fool head off.
As luck would have it, my mom flew out this afternoon for a Christmas vacation my brother Sweetums and his family in Switzerland. Thankfully, she didn't have to deal with a TSA and FAA staffed by employees who aren't getting their checks. She'll have some time in a country with a functioning government, and when she gets back, hopefully the shutdown shitshow will have run its course... that is, if she doesn't decide to cool her heels in the Confoederatio Helvetica until these here United States start to function as a civil society again.