But as pure guerrilla theater, the noontime demonstration could rank among the best ever.
Eight “construction workers” in blue coveralls and odd “Stop the TPP” yellow hard hats somehow made their way up an unsecured scaffolding — the building is undergoing some exterior work — to the top, where they unfurled a 10-by-30-foot banner condemning the proposed treaty as a corporate giveaway.
Then five of the eight “workers” moved onto a lower balcony — we seem to recall it’s on the same floor as U.S. Trade Rep
Mike Froman’s office — and hung two more banners.
The police finally showed up and briefly handcuffed one protester. But that was all.
The action had been planned for a month, said
, an organizer with PopularResistance.org, and the coveralls and hard hats were ordered online. The door to the scaffolding was always open, he noted, and the group did a final scouting mission the Friday before the event.
But when the protesters arrived Monday in their “Stop the TPP” hats, he said, “we were shocked that there were no workers, no security. It was amazing.”
“We wanted to do something audacious,” Zeese said. “We wanted to be bold.”
We’re told that for security reasons, the USTR would not answer queries about how the protesters managed to scale the building, but it said the agency has a “security posture” that protects all employees.
Did we mention that the building is just across the street from the White House complex, specifically the Eisenhower Executive Office Building?
A government shutdown doesn’t just mean that federal workers won’t get paychecks or that services could be pared back. No, this bad boy could have a real impact on the very folks who could avert it.
Lawmakers’ shoes, it turns out, will go unshined. And members of Congress will have to walk at least a block or two for lunch — or maybe they can send one of their “essential” employees to fetch it, since their dining options will be curtailed.
Under a plan for what services and facilities in the House will be affected by a potential shutdown (set to happen next week if Congress doesn’t pass a funding bill) the in-house shoeshine is closed, as is the Members’ Dining Room — and the gym. Ditto the dry cleaner and the post office.
Forget what political fallout could come from a shutdown — this is where the rubber (or the sole of a dusty, dull loafer) hits the road.
There are do’s and don’ts to getting a security clearance. Lying is out. But being a stripper? Might not disqualify you.
That’s at least according to the helpful folks on Reddit’s local forum for Washington, who gave advice to a fellow looking for counsel on security clearances. Seems the guy was interested in a job that requires one but worried that his job history — which included stripping in college, as well as a gig he hopes to get shedding his clothes at the Secrets nightclub — might be a problem.