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Ken Burns National Parks Special is all leftist propaganda.

Posted on 09/27/2009 6:57:22 PM PDT by AUH2O Repub

I just got done watching the Ken Burns National Parks special. This is a show by, for and about tree huggers. They must have said five or six times how much better the parks are in Government hands than being run by private enterprise. They made everyone that tried to keep the parks in private hands to be nothing but evil. This even extended to keeping the parks away from the states and in the hands of the feds. Nothing but socialist drivel.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Outdoors; TV/Movies; Travel
KEYWORDS: kenburns; liberalmedia; moviereview; nationalparks
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1 posted on 09/27/2009 6:57:23 PM PDT by AUH2O Repub
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To: AUH2O Repub

I started watching that drivel. Got bored and turned on the game. I normally don’t watch football when it has that moronic buffoon, Olbermann, on the show.


2 posted on 09/27/2009 7:00:31 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (I don't remember Americans being called "racists" when we fought against Hillarycare.)
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To: AUH2O Repub

What a shock!


3 posted on 09/27/2009 7:00:35 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Play the Race Card -- lose the game.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Olbermann was preferable to this?


4 posted on 09/27/2009 7:02:58 PM PDT by Rodebrecht (Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.)
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To: AUH2O Repub

Does he still have that Beatle haircut? It’s hard for me to take such a dude seriously


5 posted on 09/27/2009 7:02:59 PM PDT by dennisw (Free Republic is an island in a sea of zombies)
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To: AUH2O Repub
And this surprises you? This is the Proletarian Broadcasting System after all...
6 posted on 09/27/2009 7:04:26 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: AUH2O Repub

Whoever was playing the guitar has to have
bleeding fingers now

The Government Does It Best message was pervasive


7 posted on 09/27/2009 7:04:28 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: dennisw

Yeah, looks like a 60’s wannabe hippie.


8 posted on 09/27/2009 7:04:33 PM PDT by AUH2O Repub (Palin/Hunter 2012)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I agree. I go out of my way not to watch football on NBC because of that fool Olberman. As much as I like football I am resigned to watching a movie with my wife. Sometimes it’s even a chick flick. This is so sad!


9 posted on 09/27/2009 7:05:31 PM PDT by kempster
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To: AUH2O Repub; ClearCase_guy

Unfortunately, National Park hirees closely resemble public school teachers: never got beyond “academia”....totally unable to compete in the private sector.....I could go on and on with this.


10 posted on 09/27/2009 7:05:36 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not an Obama "Administration"....it's a "Regime")
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To: AUH2O Repub

Last summer when I went to the UP, I found Tahquamenon state park to be far more enjoyable than Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Pictured Rocks was nice as far as scenery is concerned but the facilities were well below what they were at Tahquamenon.


11 posted on 09/27/2009 7:06:13 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: AUH2O Repub
Your critique is quite anachronistic. Given the zeitgeist of the time and the virtually total absence of regulation or restraint, the qualities that made the parklands worthy of preservation in the first place would have been obliterated.
12 posted on 09/27/2009 7:06:35 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard (truth--the liberal's kryptonite.)
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To: cripplecreek

Remember the NPS is the one that spent 8 million for a rest room facility in PA.


13 posted on 09/27/2009 7:07:28 PM PDT by AUH2O Repub (Palin/Hunter 2012)
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To: AUH2O Repub

Govt. owns too much land.

14 posted on 09/27/2009 7:08:00 PM PDT by smokingfrog (No man's life, liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session. I AM JIM THOMPSON)
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To: Rodebrecht

LOL! No. And neither was the game. I’m somewhere else now. Gary Sinese. CSI.


15 posted on 09/27/2009 7:08:42 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (I don't remember Americans being called "racists" when we fought against Hillarycare.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Private business would have run the places properly. Still would. Think they would have killed the goose laying the golden egg?


16 posted on 09/27/2009 7:08:51 PM PDT by AUH2O Repub (Palin/Hunter 2012)
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To: AUH2O Repub

I had the sound off and just looked at the beautiful scenes of what The Lord created....I knew without ever hearing it what kind of crapola would be in this...he and PBS are a disgrace to all Americans. This creep proved himself in his WWII series and I wouldn’t ever be taken in again by this absolute insane radical leftist fool.


17 posted on 09/27/2009 7:09:16 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: AUH2O Repub
I didn't see the show and while I agree with you on keeping the governments paws off our stuff and out of our lives, parks are a little bit different. If our parks were privately owned someone would build condos and golf clubs all over them. I love our state and National Parks and they should remain like they are, open for everyone to enjoy forever. Bash away, I don't care.
18 posted on 09/27/2009 7:09:42 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: AUH2O Repub
I've got so I can hardly watch anything on NatGeo or the Science channel anymore. They manage to tack on their obligatory global warming rant to any topic, even it it has no relation to global warming at all. I was watching a show on blue whales the other day, very interesting and informative until the spent the last 15 minutes with some kook saying global warming MIGHT cause the ocean currents to change, which MIGHT cause the Whales to move further south, which MIGHT increase competition with other whales for food, which MIGHT cause their population to decrease.

Yeah, and that great big whale spaceship from Star Trek IV MIGHT come and take them all away, but I'm not holding my breath.

19 posted on 09/27/2009 7:10:18 PM PDT by apillar
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To: AUH2O Repub

Ken Burns, the Donald Trump of PBS, strikes again.


20 posted on 09/27/2009 7:10:31 PM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: Ditter

What about all of the people that lose their land via eminent domain?


21 posted on 09/27/2009 7:12:04 PM PDT by AUH2O Repub (Palin/Hunter 2012)
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To: hinckley buzzard

I tend to agree. Granted most land in the US should be in private hands but the states and Feds did a service by preserving some really great places. I’d really hate to see our state and national parks turned into tourist traps with flashy signs and all the trappings.

That said, the feds these days seem to be interested in making access ever more restricted. I suspect there are many like Al Gore who would happily restrict all access to wilderness to authorized biologists and VIPs like themselves.


22 posted on 09/27/2009 7:14:48 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: AUH2O Repub

We lost a big chunk of our ranch first for a new highway and then more for a county airport, it happens.


23 posted on 09/27/2009 7:15:10 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: HangnJudge

Rooted in Teddy “The Progressive Bull Moose” Roosevelt.


24 posted on 09/27/2009 7:15:23 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (I'd rather be a teabagger than an ankle-grabber.)
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To: Ditter

I’m pretty much surrounded by state game area here and I couldn’t be happier. Keeps the riff raff at a distance.


25 posted on 09/27/2009 7:19:45 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: Ditter
parks are a little bit different. If our parks were privately owned someone would build condos and golf clubs all over them. I love our state and National Parks and they should remain like they are, open for everyone to enjoy forever. Bash away, I don't care.

I'm with you on this one, Ditter, and we may be in the minority here. I am glad we have the national parks, especially the big scenic ones like Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Grand Canyon. These places truly are national treasures and they need to be preserved in some state of wildness.

Tonight's program showed pictures of how, already in the 1800s, these places were being turned into tacky, commercialized tourist traps. The comparison even back then was that they ought not be turned into "another Niagara Falls." Having been to Niagara Falls a couple of years ago and having seen the encroachment of kitsch, I know what they mean.

I have gone backpacking by myself on a couple of trips into the high backcountry of the Sierra Mountains, away from anyone else and anywhere you could get to by car. It is the most beautiful place I have ever seen on earth. I know how John Muir felt.

Where I differ from some of the folks on tonight's program is, I do not worship nature. Rather, I praise the Lord God who created all this, and I enjoy his handiwork.


26 posted on 09/27/2009 7:32:23 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Lutheran pastor and "nature lover")
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To: Charles Henrickson

I don’t think you’re in all that small of a minority. I’m really glad we have the big beautiful national forrests and state parks.


27 posted on 09/27/2009 7:36:23 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: cripplecreek

Go to the Smoky Mountains National Park. Great place.

Throughout the park are empty houses from the people who used to live there but were forced off by our Federal Govt.

In many cases it was done with very little compensation.


28 posted on 09/27/2009 7:36:25 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Been there. When did this become about eminent domain? This was about existing national parks.


29 posted on 09/27/2009 7:38:18 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: driftdiver
Go to the Smoky Mountains National Park. Great place.

I agree. I was there for the first time a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, right outside the park is tacky Gatlinburg and not far from there the even more deplorable Pigeon Forge. Yeccchhh! I hate to think of that kind of crap working its way up the mountain.

30 posted on 09/27/2009 7:39:40 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Lutheran pastor and "nature lover")
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To: AUH2O Repub

Not only is all leftist propaganda, but a hefty chunk of it was most likely subsidized with our tax dollars...


31 posted on 09/27/2009 7:41:16 PM PDT by GOPJ (UN mixing democracies & dictators' is like mixing ice cream and shit-all of it stinks.(Steyn))
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To: cripplecreek

“Been there. When did this become about eminent domain? This was about existing national parks.”

Just pointing out that eminent domain was how many of these parks were created.

So as you enjoy that beautiful vista, just remember it was stolen from a US Citizen through force.


32 posted on 09/27/2009 7:41:31 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: AUH2O Repub

What do you expect from the government’s propaganda arm, PBS? It should have been kicked off the taxpayer gravy train long ago.


33 posted on 09/27/2009 7:41:36 PM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: Charles Henrickson

Yeah but the cabins are inexpensive in Gatlinburg and you are 20 mins away from some great places.

Stay on the other side of the park where they consider Gatlinburg a big town.


34 posted on 09/27/2009 7:42:43 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: AUH2O Repub
Ken Burns...PBS...Leftist...


35 posted on 09/27/2009 7:50:04 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Joe Wilson speaks for me.)
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To: Charles Henrickson
One of the most interesting things I have ever seen was a volcano tube. You could walk down into the volcano on a winding path until you were deep enough for ice to remain even though it was summer. It was during a long car trip and I am not certain of even which state, Utah, Nevada, somewhere in the west. It was privately owned and operated and the tackiness was appalling. I think the owners thought they were being clever but this natural wonder didn't need all their silly signs.
36 posted on 09/27/2009 7:50:18 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: AUH2O Repub

Burns...typical meteroyuppie leftist revisionist......some here revere his WBTS work...yech.


37 posted on 09/27/2009 7:51:36 PM PDT by wardaddy
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To: driftdiver
So as you enjoy that beautiful vista, just remember it was stolen from a US Citizen through force.

Yeah thousands of farmers were driven off the land for yellowstone LOL
38 posted on 09/27/2009 7:52:10 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: AUH2O Repub

Ken Burns was a one-hit wonder (baseball). He’s perfect for PBS, the graveyard of forgotten has-beens and never-weres like Burns and that old drunk-driving guy, Bill Moyers.


39 posted on 09/27/2009 7:53:07 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: AUH2O Repub

I know Ken Burns didn’t intend for me to think it, but John Muir came off as a nutburger.


40 posted on 09/27/2009 8:02:08 PM PDT by Ge0ffrey
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To: Ted Grant

Let’s hope Burns doesn’t set up a tent for Khadaffi in his back yard.


41 posted on 09/27/2009 8:04:00 PM PDT by Ge0ffrey
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To: Charles Henrickson

“Just like Niagara Falls”

Yes, how DARE folks create a series of ways for the rest of us to view and enjoy these natural wonders, and even make them useful for folks who may never otherwise see them. (the historical comment was about the hydrodam projects, BTW).

If you want to preserve something, let PRIVATE ENTERPRISE control it. You will end up with a surplus of whatever it was, whereas if the government looks after it, it WILL be destroyed eventually (see “the Tragedy of the Commons”)

The “Mustang Ranch” was a legal brothel and bar that was seized by the IRS for non-payment of taxes. As is required by law, the Fedgov tried to run it in order to keep it a salable asset for disposal.

It went bankrupt within two years of the tax default.

Do you honestly think that the very same government that couldn’t keep a whorehouse that sold whiskey running for any length of time is capable of running ANYTHING that matters? How about your HEALTH CARE, let alone a couple of pretty spots.

THINK, not “feeeeeeel”


42 posted on 09/27/2009 8:22:37 PM PDT by Don W (I will praise Him.)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Nice post...no arguments from me.


43 posted on 09/27/2009 8:25:13 PM PDT by chasio649 ( Palin 2012...'nuff said!)
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To: AUH2O Repub

Some beautiful photography, movie and old stills.


44 posted on 09/27/2009 8:28:25 PM PDT by 1066AD
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To: Charles Henrickson

Count me in the minority too. It was history and the parks would not have survived in private hands. I am glad they are here, they are our wonders.
John Muir was different, call him what you may, he beat to a different drummer, but good came from his work. I am glad.
I will never ever forget my first visit to Yosemite. We were unprepared. Had heard about it, drove out with just us and 3 kids. So beautiful we could not go back, spent night all of us in one room and no change of clothes, tooth brushes, etc.
Our next trip to the west coast, we were prepared and also went to Muir Woods. What beauty.


45 posted on 09/27/2009 8:31:16 PM PDT by rose
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To: Ditter

I’m in the same club with you.


46 posted on 09/27/2009 8:32:51 PM PDT by TexasNative2000 (I may not be John Galt or Jim Thompson, but I AM THE MOB!)
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To: Ge0ffrey

“John Muir came off as a nutburger.”
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I read a biography on him, and some of his writings. Yes, he was eccentric, no doubt about it. But nosing around the wilderness was a good thing for an eccentric guy like him to do. He was the right guy to drum up excitement for our country’s natural beauty and interest in preserving it. Our country is lucky in that sometimes our highly eccentric and ambitious people manage to accomplish good things the rest of us would not.


47 posted on 09/27/2009 8:35:20 PM PDT by married21
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To: HangnJudge

The guy playing the guitar was probably Bobby Horton. http://www.ask.com/music/artist/Bobby-Horton/42669

He’s the man who spoke briefly right before the show. (glancing at his picture he looks a little like Levon Helm who’s the drummer for “The Band”)

Horton is from Alabama and plays civil war songs and such at a local festival here (dressed in period clothes). There was a write up of him in today’s Birmingham News. He actually plays guitar, banjo, trumpet and cello for this.

I don’t know what to think about this series. I think there has to be a balance. I’m no environmentalist and think most are over the top nutty. But at the same time I wouldn’t have wanted to see it ruined either - like I said- I would like a balance.

I definitely thought it ironic that they wanted to turn it into a national park to preserve it and have no issues corralling native Americans on reservations after seizing their land. And that’s what they call safeguarding it - the whole thing is just screwy.

Anyway the scenery was breathtaking. I thought about turning down the yaking narrators and just enjoying the beautiful scenery lol


48 posted on 09/27/2009 8:37:40 PM PDT by Babashane
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To: rose
Compare and contrast, Yosemite Valley and Niagara Falls:


49 posted on 09/27/2009 9:13:11 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Lutheran pastor and "nature lover")
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To: Charles Henrickson

Having just come from Yellowstone! I am glad the parks are preserved as is.

Been to Niagara falls and I would be sad to see that happen to Yellowstone.

Craters of the Moon is what you probably meant, it’s in Utah.


50 posted on 09/27/2009 9:28:29 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (Thank you Mr. Robinson (toodamtall1@yahoo.com))
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