Shutdown Leads To Toilet Paper Shortage At Air Force Academy

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Cadets at the Air Force Academy may be facing a problem in the near future:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — As the federal shutdown ground into its third day on Thursday, Fort Carson civilian workers voiced their frustrations with a noisy protest at the post’s main gate.

Dozens of members of the American Federation of Government Employees chanted about ending the shutdown, eliciting baritone honks from passing 18-wheelers.

There’s been sadness and fear to go with the anger, said Albert Rivera, vice president of the union’s chapter on Fort Carson.

“We’ve seen a lot of tears,” he said.

How important are those 5,000 furloughed civilian Defense Department workers in Colorado Springs?

Ask Air Force Academy cadets who ran into serious shutdown trouble. It seems the civilian worker who orders toilet paper was off the job, causing a crisis while supplies were obtained.

“We hope it doesn’t go on for too much longer,” said Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, the academy’s superintendent.

Printed copies of the Congressional Record would seem to be an appropriate substitute.

H/T: Jeff Quinton

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  1. Gold Star for Robot Boy says:

    Soon the cadets will be fighting a rearguard action.

  2. Jim T. says:

    they’ll simply have to make the best of a crappy situation

  3. James Pearce says:

    Printed copies of the Congressional Record would seem to be an appropriate substitute.

    When I saw this headline, I thought “WTF? Why this small ball petty stuff?”

    Now I get the joke. Good one.

  4. Ron Beasley says:

    Perhaps if they quit cleaning the restrooms and replacing the TP in the Congress they could get some action from them.

  5. Ernieyeball says:

    Printed copies of the Congressional Record would seem to be an appropriate substitute.

    How about copies of Ted Cruz’s Birth Certificate…

  6. Tyrell says:

    Simple solution: send someone down to the nearest grocery store or Wal-Mart and buy dozen or so boxes. How can that be complicated?

  7. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Tyrell: And you volunteer to pay for it, right? Riiiiight……

  8. Ernieyeball says:

    @Tyrell: …send someone Ted Cruz down to the nearest grocery store…


  9. Tyrell says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Take up a collection, or just bill it to the US Congress, c/o The Capitol, Washington, DC.

  10. 11B40 says:


    Ghost of Venezuela Future.