The United States' Congress has been playing a nasty game of brinkmanship (aka "politics chicken") for a while now, with the rival Democrats and Republicans bickering over the nation's budget. Republicans have tried to tie budget negotiations to the Affordable Healthcare Act, Democrats were outraged, and shit just hasn't gotten done. Well, we've reached the deadline without any budget, so... here are we. The US government is in shutdown mode. NBC Thanks, ya dinguses. To be fair, this is hardly the first time such a thing has happened. We've been through this process 18 times in the past, so it's not like things are irreparably damaged or that we can't get back on track. Still plenty embarrassing, of course. Kick your back your shoes and relax, folks. Thanks to all the Congressional dicks, tonight we're going to party like it's 1996.