National Park Service rangers are being ordered to “make life difficult” during the government shutdown, according to the Washington Times. After the shutdown began, park police have been barring tourists from a number of popular attractions nationwide, including the WWII memorial. Even privately-owned landmarks, such as Mount Vernon, are being told by the National Park Service to close their doors. The Times reported: The Park Service appears to be closing streets on mere whim and caprice. The rangers even closed the parking lot at Mount Vernon, where the plantation home of George Washington is a favorite tourist destination. That was after they barred
Easily the most petty, childish behavior I´ve ever seen. There are a lot of foreign tourists who would be visiting these destinations. They´ll all go home and tell their friends what a-holes we are. What an image we´re cultivating.
I just recently went to Mammoth Cave National Park. I fully expected all the cave tours to be shut down but there were barricades in front of EVERY trail. There are never any rangers on those - they are there to be walked or biked on. It took time to put barricades in front of every access point on every trail. I was appalled. My congressman will hear from me.
Likewise, the three entirely unattended, unlighted, unfenced airstrips on the NC Outer Banks are closed by Notices to airmen. Three thousand feet of asphalt, closed, even though no services.or fuel or even flush toilets are ever available there, and visits by park service vehicles are quite unusual. This is nothing but pure spite.
The insult to our veterans by the Baathist Obama(he´s a Nazi Muslim...look it up) shall not go unnoticed by the countrymen these men fathered upon their return from saving the world . Commande in chief of nothing is what he is.....as there is no respect fo him in our military.
These kinds of spiteful acts are more befitting an angry spoiled child, not the President of the United States. Obama and his followers have the mindset similar to those Germans who so easily and enthusiastically bought into Hitler´s final solution. Some people should never be put into positions of power over others. It brings out the worst in them. Obama and his fellow travelers are those kind of people. They lose all sense of humanity for love of the state.
I think it´s time for bus loads of Americans to storm the "District of Corruption". We could start by storming a closed memorial - WWII memorial is a good one for the symbolism. A concert of songs from Les Miserables could be sung. My favorite is Do you Hear the People Sing, and it so appropriate for these times, especially since there are already Barrycades. The singers could stand on a stage built over the Barrycades and sing:
"Do you hear the people sing? Singing a song of angry men? It is the music of a people Who will not be slaves again! When the beating of your heart Echoes the beating of the drums There is a life about to start When tomorrow comes!
Will you join in our crusade? Who will be strong and stand with me? Somewhere beyond the barricade Is there a world you long to see?
Then join in the fight That will give you the right to be free!!"
Although Obama is a petulant, peevish little punk, this invective behavior reeks of Valerie Jarrett. She is Shakespeare´s Shrew, Mata Hari, Tokyo Rose, and Sampson´s Delilah homogenized into one human female.
Rumors of her tirades and temper tantrums in the depths of the White House have become legend. She is one evil Jezebel who lies like a Persian rug.
Obama probably had to go along with these current elementary school playground tactics to maintain his golf outings or AF1 privileges.
How many of these stories will the msm report? None. All the msm coverage will be stories of how minorities, women, children and those with “catastrophic” illnesses are hurting. The Republicans will be blamed no matter what Harry Reid says. Why would Harry want to help children with cancer when he can bash the Republicans. Democrats have become a disgusting party of degenerates.
The entire federal bureaucracy is lining up to back up Obama´s agenda of effectively destroying the constitutional republic he so despises.
The Park Rangers are just one small faction among the vast legions of government workers who see endlessly metastacizing government as in their personal interest and see "citizens" who want to shrink government as their mortal enemies.
The IRS plot to keep most "tea party" groups from participating in the recent election fully merits the dreaded "conspiracy" label.
So does the willful efforts of schemers in almost every other administrative branch of government to meekly acquiesce in the subversion of the constitution.
Obama: Childish and petty? No, he is a tyrant! This is how tyranny begins. Something is denied or taken away (access to parks) that really isn´t an actual necessity. People complain but don´t take a stand. Next up, an avalanche of orders from on high rolls over an increasing number of our rights and privileges and it is too late, tyranny is embedded. The park rangers are "just following orders" and thus it begins. The old folks stormed the barricades at the WWII monument, will we?
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Bad Dog, 10/5/2013 8:35:55 AM (No. 9551154)
Ditto #6 at Yosemite. We didn´t actually plan our vacay there but we did want to drive through on California State Highway 120. It was open but when we got to the Park entrance right there on it, we were told we couldn´t stop, anywhere. We did stop to read interpretive signs and take pictures and at one stop a park ranger pulled up and told us we weren´t ´´allowed´´ to read those signs.
We moved along but he pulled out behind us and soon enough pulled into another wide spot with several parked cars and people out taking photos and flipped on his lights so he could keep them all there long enough to tell them all the same thing.....no stopping, no pictures, no reading, no enjoying. Bathrooms were roped off or barry-caded, and many trailheads and internal park roads had boulders rolled across them. Booths at both entrances were staffed, and we saw several park ranger patrols in the 3-hour drive.
We stopped again just outside the park when we found a national forest campground that looked open but park hosts (volunteers) stopped us there and told us that the national forests were now closed too and showed us a sign that they had been given that said the forests were closed as of Oct. 3rd.
The idiot Democrats think this will all be blamed on the Republicans, but it´s gonna backfire on them bigtime. We got our pictures and we stopped anyway when we wanted. But the service station at the end of Hwy 120 was PACKED with people spending their tourist dollars there instead of inside the park. Long live capitalism and American ingenuity!
I am disappointed in Park Rangers..what´s their excuse? Just following orders? NOT ONE willing to do the right thing and refuse to wire shut barry-cades at the WW2 memorial? If King Obama should decide to call in the military next week, what will they do if told to "make life difficult" for the People? Will they follow orders? Will the Oath Keepers step in? Are we on our own?
What # 21 said. This is the last straw and could spark beginning of a civil war. Btw: the feds dont own those parks, contrary to their statement-the PEOPLE own those properties and we will not be denied access. The land was paid for by our tax dollars, by living and deceased, our ancestors.
I´m encouraged that the rangers are disgusted. Who gave the order? How far up the chain of command does this go? Come on, LSM, enquiring minds want to know. (Oh,never mind. I forgot. You don´t care about America or its citizens. You just care about supporting the thugs in the WH.)
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Fiesta del sol, 10/5/2013 9:56:24 AM (No. 9551260)
I am not encouraged that these rangers and NPS employees are merely disgusted. They are still following orders to block and barricade their fellow citizens off of federal land. Land that these citizens own. The fellow citizens they are blocking pay their salary. The park rangers and every other person just ´following orders´ get nothing but scorn and contempt from me.
If only our Border Patrol was as adept and as eager as our intrepid Park Service to erect and enforce Barrycades to keep out illegal aliens. Looks like it´s a lot more fun (and easy) to keep out compliant, docile "documented citizens."
Perhaps we should take lessons from our undocumented invaders and start ripping off the government too.
#37 - Who are these people indeed! I don´t know if it was the fluoride in the toothpaste or too much pharma stuff out there, but how come there are so many people willing to be employed to: listen to your ´phone conversations; read your mail; block access to War Memorials and state parks; disallow Catholic priests from saying mass, and on and on - oh yeah, I forgot, donning SWAT uniforms to clear out the neighborhood in Watertown, MA. There is such a lack of integrity or courage or something that´s making people act like petty tyrants to ordinary people just trying to live their lives.
While I sympathize with the Park Ranger who thought the orders were disgusting, in the past we held people responsible for "just following orders". But those were people in other countries, not our own.
I´m about fed up. Did see where Scott Walker is defying the ban. Headline to that article did manage to squeeze in "Federally Funded Parks". Trying to insinuate the land really doesn´t belong to WTP...
All of us here at LCom know full well how childish the dims actions are. However, the problem is that the lo-fo´s don´t. They believe what ever is told to them by those that provide them their freebies. And nothing you can say to them or any logic you try to speak to them will get thru their skulls. Their minds are made up and nothing you and I can say or do is going to change it. They all just KNOW that the Republicans are responsible for just about all the problems in the world. The dims have told them so.
Communism, fascism, nazism, socialism, statism, collectivism, dictatorial rules are now in place, fully in place with the new Communist medical takeover. Add in the kicker of secret memos telling Park Rangers to act like the SS Nazi storm troopers and Commnist evil has arrived ! BAD DOG #31 tells the absurdity of all absurdities: folks are driving through a "shut down" Yosemite on a public highway, stop to read a Yosemite Park historical sign and are told by a Park Ranger (who is working and is not personally off duty) that they cannot read the sign. IMPOSSIBLE INSANITY STUPIDITY The beginnings, the testings of how far the Federal government can go with the stupid, obedient peasants! All this chaos is an Obongo/jaret/soros test to see what it takes to start violent resistance so they can use the two million bullets on the "violent" peasants. It´s all a communist set up to create fear and violence, to have military law in the streets. Any excuse to create chaos. Communist agitation by communist agitators has been going on since Lenin, who created the violence for many decades of Stalinist Soviet tyranny to follow in torn Russia. Our so called "leaders" are warring against the American citizens, straight out of that frightening Marxist Communist dictatorial rule book of crimes against the peasants. For starters, read THE NAKED COMMUNIST by Cleon Skousen in 1958, where he lists the 50 events that will take place to conspire for communism. Read it in Wikipedia !!!
BRAVO SCOTT WALKER for not closing down parks co-financed by the state of Wisconsin, for refusing orders that are obviously UNConstitutional. Scott Walker freeing up all the teachers forced to belong to government unions, is one true hero.
The irony of the whole thing is, if there are Park Rangers out there, then they´re working and the Parks should be open. This is nothing but Obama using dictatorial powers to deny to the American people that which belongs to them, not HIM.
yesterday drove from lost wages after a stop in Pahrump through Death Vally (Closed) - gas at one place was almost $6/gal - did not see any rangers at any pay point but all side roads were blocked (plenty of tourists stopping at the Borax and 20 Mule Team) - same when I came to 120 through Yosemite not a ranger to be seen (it was later in the evening) but some of the Barrycades were pushed aside and folks were driving into some of the remote areas
Great Smokey Mountain Park has one entrance in Blountville, Tennessee. The mayor there has offered for the tiny little burg to sustain the cost of operating their portion of the park. He got stonewalled by the U. S. Government.
It is a pretty safe bet that there not many liberals visiting US war memorials unless they are there to vandalize them. This gives Obama an opportunity to punish people who detested him long before this shutdown.
Park Rangers are in an awkward position. The senior people at the Park Service have pulled such stunts before during funding battles-though never to the extent of starts with chicken and rhymes with sit tactics of barricading landscape features. The lower level employees know there are no comparable private sector jobs, plus the pay scale and benefits in most state park services are much lower. There simply aren´t all that many people out there who will jeopardize their financial future and that of their family on principle and defy the order from the top.
Your Attention Please!!! Until further notice, The Constitution of the United States of America – y’know, that ‘We the People’ thing – will be shut down until President Petulant Pipsqueak decides otherwise. (And you thought Governor William J. Le Petomane from “Blazing Saddles” was a power-crazed nut job. Now you know for whom he served as the role model.)
800,000 nonessential government workers were put on furlough. The first question that comes to mind is why do we have nonessential workers in the first place? Now we have reports of vindictive behavior on the part of those still on duty so that instead of just losing some government "services", people´s lives and livelihood are being actively interfered with. And now the congress has voted to PAY these people ALL their back pay while they have been on unemployment compensation for the duration? WHEN do the American taxpayers get a seat at this negotiating table?
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Bad Dog, 10/6/2013 9:07:48 AM (No. 9552593)
Update to #31, and follow-on to #56 - apparently going my same route in reverse....
We got to Death Valley and were ready for a similar scenario as at Yosemite. But there was none. We saw absolutely nothing out of the ordinary, coming from the west, until we got to the main intersection where the notable Bad Water road takes off. That was Barry-caded with a ridiculous preprinted sign from the Department of Interior. Several tourists were parked along the roadside, out of their cars, wandering around the still-open and traffic-flowing highway, taking pictures of the sign and the Barry-cade. All were laughing - no one was suffering. No one ´´hurt´´. Pizzed off, maybe, that they couldn´t continue down to Bad Water and take their photos of the Sea Level sign hundreds of feet above their heads. But no one ´´hurt´´. All were joking about the idiot politicians thinking this was something smart or cool or ´´mean´´ they could do to us. Oooohh…..!
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Bad Dog, 10/6/2013 9:08:27 AM (No. 9552596)
(con’t…) What those politicians fail to realize is that WE.ARE.AMERICANS. There were no Rangers to be seen, but at that point in California, the desert dwellers have a different mindset than the rest of Cullyfornia. They did what they were ordered to do, but just the barest minimum, and that was all. They weren´t about to come out in their official government-park vehicles and harass anyone.
What´s sad about all this is that foreign tourists are being disappointed, and they have nothing to do with any of this. They´re here to spend their money in our country, and our country is being stupid by not taking it.
What I wish I could have done is stop and ask each and every tourist, who they thought was responsible for the closure. The few I did talk to at Death Valley saw the Gadsden flag sticker on the back window of my evil gas-guzzling SUV, and nodded, ´Yeah, we know who.´
When you think about the kind of people who want to visit our national monuments, you don’t think about lo-infos with their noses stuck to their blackberrys. He and his little Iran-born she-demon continue to twist the knife into the heart of the people who love this country.
I have this horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach that before this is over me may learn why the Feds were buying up ammo, armored vehicles and tactical gear.
I don´t know if he´s that brazen. I don´t know if he´s really that mentally unbalanced. I really don´t know, but I know anything is possible with a tyrant. And I know it can happen because it´s happened before.
On July 23, 1932, the Secretary of War, under order from Hoover, ordered Gen. Douglas McArthur to clear Washington DC of the Bonus Army, WWI Vets who were due a paycheck and had come to Washington to collect.
McArthur ordered active duty military to fire on the Vets, and the military did just that.
If you think a grunt troop won´t follow the orders of a superior, you´re wrong. It´s what they are taught to do from basic training forward.
If I owned the private property that has been closed by the Obama petty party, I would order them off the premises and hire my own Park People.
That would solve a lot of problems. Less government employees means deficit reduction and a kinder experience from people who know they can be fired for insulting the public.
Now that the subject has been brought front and center, private companies should be hired to run the parks. More efficient and people hired based upon ability, not political patronage and ethnic background.
This is just a rehearsal folks, next will be a National shutdown until we all comply with his communist belief system. Churches will be shut. We will need papers to travel from one state to another. Our children will be told what drone job they will work at for their entire lives. It´s coming.
After 20 years “doing time” in the bureaucracy I can understand the complicit actions of the public interface level Park Rangers. They probably assume the barrycades are political theater and will be removed as soon as the electeds are done reading their lines. They have been through this drill before as shuttering parks and public spaces is the first action taken by electeds in any budget fight whether local, state or federal. In previous shut downs the park interpretive centers were closed along with campgrounds and those employees were furloughed, keeping only a small number of Rangers on duty for fire watch. However, the barrycading of open landscape and memorials, and having park employee presence to enforce them, is something new and much more sinister and ominous.
I’m afraid there is also a new breed of government worker, especially in the park services. They all have “environmental studies” degrees and have been indoctrinated by the socialists. They believe government is much wiser than the public they hold in disdain. Over the last 15-20 years there has been a purge of government employees that held government actions are limited by the liberties of the people. Good people were pushed out while fellow travelers were promoted. Those that still harbor Americanist ideals are in the minority, probably close to retirement and just hanging on. The others have already left for friendlier work environs. That is why the Park Rangers are enforcing these punitive actions, and why all the workers in all the various agencies will enforce the edicts coming from the cabal. They are fellow travelers.
I wish we could afford the trip from California to D.C. We would love to join the Vets March on October 13th.
As we see the chaos enveloping the country, I wonder if the ´handlers´ of barry are sensing that it may be time to make a change! Could we see the long carefully hidden documents that protect this boy wonder, now have some leakages. Is it possible that the special documents that have been so closely guarded will not somehow, somewhere become public knowledge. Anything is possible and that would be my guess.
Why aren´t ALL the park rangers coming forward to say this is despicable and refusing to comply? The employees of the federal bureaucracy are NOT friends of the American people and we should have as few of them as possible.
This is the way "representatives" become tyrants, the instruments of government support them no matter how foolish and nasty they are.
As a Veteran, I implore someone like Mark Levin or Glenn Beck to organize a million-person rally against Obama, his sequester, his unaffordable care act, and his entire administration...ENOUGH of this Commie cockroach !!
So the plan was to make the economy weak so that people are super afraid to lose their jobs, and then order them to do your dictator dirty work, because you know they will. Because no American should be following these dirty orders.
This is a very educational moment. The scum president and all the scum that surround him are showing what things would be like if they could gain what they want - absolute power. They are exhibiting their juvenile minds, their low intelligence, their unlimited pettiness and their ruthless vileness.
Not childish...but the acts of tyrants and dictators. Some inside information for you all: Obama has already set up his own army made up of foreigners here in the U.S., who (unlike our military who are sworn to protect, not kill, our own citizens) will have no qualms about shooting citizens. I got this info from a federal law enforcement insider. These people have houses up in the hills stacked with weapons and ammo and are located everywhere. Be prepared for the worst.
Here´s an idea the Democrats will like: Hire tent makers to create huge fabric drapes to cover the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore. When done there, put up an enormous screen around the Grand Canyon. Should only cost a few hundred million and will really teach the Republicans a lesson.
It isn’t just Obama Holder Boehner Cantor Feinstein Rubio Durbin Reid Puglosi McCain and their petty childish behavior. Regardless of the communist medical lRS police war against the people of America, from the Park Rangers to the IRS, they are beginning to show loss of power by their absurd punishing regulations against honest Americans, from the Tea Party to park tourists. Every vengeful act by bureaucrats and electeds is a sign of their fears of losing power to the new highly technological, best educated citizenry in all of history. Our modern knowledge makes these ancient power driven so-called leaders look less effective each year. Be encouraged, their grand fraud and ignorance of the beauty of the free market, is slowly coming to a decisive END. Communist style laws, confining regulations, are rapidly becoming obsolete history. Except for armed government ruling, and its extensive propaganda tools (like the governmemtn subservient press and TV) this is the greatest, most productive, rewarding time we have ever lived in.
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MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry opened her program over the weekend with a commentary about the Affordable Care Act’s colloquial moniker: “Obamacare.” She said that the word was originally created as a “derogatory term,” designed by white men as a way to delegitimize President Barack Obama and his achievement. However, she said that the term will soon be synonymous with all of Obama’s accomplishments and she urged her audience to use the term with pride. “I want to talk today about a controversial word. It’s a word that has been with us for years, and like it or not, it’s indelibly
Call me Grinch, call me Scrooge. Call me Lord Voldemort of the Yuletide. None could be worse than sending me a holiday card with glossy photographs of your lovely, smiling family. My wife, Emily, and I place your cards like trophies on our shelves, continuing an old-school practice that began about 175 years ago as a way of maintaining relationships as families and friends moved far and wide. Today’s cards may appear more personalized — with photos of spouses, kids and pets, and distribution lists much smaller than a sprawling collection of Facebook friends. But when I flip over the photo
Chris Matthews is crazy. Nevertheless, when left-wingers talk openly with one another, their craziness can be revealing. That is the case, I think, with this remarkable MSNBC clip. Matthews, fresh from his kneepad interview with President Obama, praises what he terms a uniquely brilliant insight by Al Sharpton: South Africa’s white politicians of the apartheid era were more patriotic than today’s Republicans: I haven’t heard anything as smart as what I heard Reverend Sharpton say a moment go in five years. The difference between the way F.W. de Klerk handled the need for change and the election – democratic election