You will not want to miss Penny Smith’s opinion pieces this week in the blog. Penny gets to the bottom line of what’s really important about the government shutdown in a piece titled, The Dad’Burn Guv’nment. She also has a firm response to the President’s recent address to a Pro-Life gathering last week called, I’m a Pro-Thriver. Hey, Penny, can we get some buttons with that phrase on them? Finally there is a discussion of a wide-ranging selection of books in this week’s What I’m Reading.