1. Despite Shutdown, Federal Government Still Doing Essential Things Like Buying Mechanical Bulls

Now midway through its second week, the government shutdown has left the families of U.S. soldiers killed in combat unable to pay for funerals, which is a shame. Literally, a shame. And yet, Congress has made sure that the really essential functions of government continue. Like the purchase of a $47K mechanical bull for the Utah National Guard. Because we can't really expect them to continue doing their important guarding of the nation without getting to play Urban Cowboy in their downtime, can we?