Take That, You Red Staters!

Thanks to the continued hissy fit by the White House and their Democratic allies in Congress, government shutdown theater will now impact deer hunting in east Tennessee according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

CROSSVILLE — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has been informed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Oak Ridge Operations (ORO) that the deer hunts scheduled Oct. 19-20 have been cancelled at the Oak Ridge Wildlife Management Area.

The cancellation comes as a result of an effort to initiate an orderly shutdown in support of obtaining a safe and secure status. The cancellation, at this time, applies to the Oct. 19-20 hunts. A decision on the other hunts, scheduled in November and December, 2013, will be made as this information is received.

I guess the Department of Energy was feeling a little left out by all the attention given to the Department of the Interior’s National Park Service and wanted to get into the act as well. There is nothing like having a politicized bureaucracy when you want to stick it to the red-staters!

H/T The Archery Wire

About Those ATF e-Forms? Fuhgeddaboudit

According to a release sent out by the National Shooting Sports Foundation late yesterday afternoon, the BATFE’s e-Forms system will be down for the duration of the “shutdown”. More on that below:

NSSF has learned that the ATF e-Forms system is going offline and will be unavailable due to the ongoing federal shutdown. This service will remain offline during the duration of the shutdown.

As we reported Monday:

  • The FBI’s NICS Section is maintaining normal business hours.

  • The ATF Office of Enforcement Programs and Services (EPS), which includes the imports, firearms technology, NFA branches, the licensing center and firearms industry programs branch now processing marking variances, is effectively shut down, operating with minimal staff.

  • The State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) is accepting licenses, but only acting on them in genuine emergency situations.

  • The Commerce Department Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is no longer accepting export license applications, classification requests (CCATS), encryption reviews, encryption registrations or advisory opinion requests. Similarly, BIS will not be issuing any final determinations. All pending export license applications, commodity classification requests, encryption reviews, encryption registrations and advisory opinion requests will be held without action by BIS until the shutdown ends.

NSSF will continue to update the industry as additional details on the government shutdown become available

The Market Will Tank If The Government Shuts Down!

Media commentators and Democrats have been proclaiming that the stock market will tank if the obstinate and evil Republicans push their agenda and cause the government to shut down.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a release five days ago:

This week I have warned Republicans of the economic consequences of forcing a federal government shutdown. Already the stock market has slipped as Tea Party Republicans insist they will shut down the government unless Democrats defund and repeal Obamacare. And the dark consequences won’t end there.

Checking the stock market indices at noontime, I see these prognosticators are as accurate as would be expected. In other words, the markets are up.

The Standard & Poors 500 Index is up 13.29 points or 0.79%

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 67 points or 0.44%.

The Nasdaq is up 38 points or 1.023%.

The spot price for gold, by contrast, is down $38 at $1288 per troy ounce. This is the lowest gold has been in eight weeks.

Gold is usually considered a haven in uncertain economic times.

While all of this could change by 4pm this afternoon when the markets close, it seems that seeing the government shut down with such drastic consequences as the Blue Ridge Parkway visitor centers being closed isn’t considered such a bad thing by investors.

As the Instapundit always says, heh!