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Blue Ridge hotel defies Park Service shutdown (Updated @ #27 and #41)
The Washington Times ^ | October 4, 2013 | Stephen Dinan

Posted on 10/04/2013 9:29:35 AM PDT by don-o

The Pisgah Inn, a private hotel that holds a concession on the Blue Ridge Parkway, has become a national sensation as it defies "intimidation" and a National Park Service order to close its doors.

After a tumultuous few days, inn owner Bruce O'Connell told The Washington Times on Friday morning that he had just reopened his doors for customers, despite the park service telling him he had to shut down. He says he's essentially private property, on a road that's still open, and uses no government personnel, so he sees no reason to quit operating

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: civilianarmy; controlafreakan; dictatorship; nps; obama; pisgahinn; shutdown
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1 posted on 10/04/2013 9:29:35 AM PDT by don-o
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To: don-o

If the Nazi Parkies invade his business with guns drawn, make sure it’s all on video.


2 posted on 10/04/2013 9:31:19 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: don-o

As the days pass, the defiance of Obama edicts is getting greater.

The media is getting more hateful and shrill, but something is happening.


3 posted on 10/04/2013 9:31:35 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: don-o

All your hotel are belong to us!


4 posted on 10/04/2013 9:31:54 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: don-o

The NPS will probably revoke his concession and start a lawfare fight.


5 posted on 10/04/2013 9:34:50 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: don-o

Prime leaf viewing time and this guy said FY to the admin that is trying to cause pain to those that really dont give a crap about a shut down and the poor federal workers that now are getting a taste of what the rest of us hve been swallowing for a longggg time.


6 posted on 10/04/2013 9:36:36 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: don-o
Ya know, there have to be thousands of these hotels renting space in National Parks. And there aren't enough Park police-gals to send to all of them. . .

Maybe they'll have to send in the US Army troops who are currently being denied access to broadcasts of MLB and NFL games.

7 posted on 10/04/2013 9:36:42 AM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: TurboZamboni

8 posted on 10/04/2013 9:37:37 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Is John's moustache long enough YET?)
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To: don-o

At least the IRS can’t “randomly” audit his taxes just now.


9 posted on 10/04/2013 9:38:05 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: don-o

But-—Obama said shut down.

He is Pr—King—Monarch—Dick-tator The HMFIC.

No Negotiations—His way or the Highway, and wonders why anyone else would even think of not approving.

He is a man with a

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=paper%20asshole


10 posted on 10/04/2013 9:38:23 AM PDT by Venturer (Obamacare is a criminal act.)
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To: TurboZamboni

I meant to relate this earlier. Yesterday, I was in the neighborhood, so I stopped by the Social Security office. Had last been there about a month ago to sign up myself and the Missus.

Just like a month ago, the parking lot was almost full. Just like a month ago, the waiting room was about 3/4 full. Just like last month ago, there were about ten clerks assisting clients.

I asked the guard how many were furloughed. He did a great Sgt Schultz for me. I left laughing loudly and proceeded with my business


11 posted on 10/04/2013 9:39:40 AM PDT by don-o (Hit the FReepathon hard and fast! Nail this one for the Jimmer. Do it now!)
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To: don-o


For Mr. O’Connell, the fight is about taking a stand.

“If not now, when? If not me, who?” he said.”


12 posted on 10/04/2013 9:39:51 AM PDT by B4Ranch (AGENDA: Grinding America Down ----- <<http://vimeo.com/63749370)
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To: don-o

Always show support folks!


13 posted on 10/04/2013 9:41:25 AM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: don-o

So the blow-back begins.


14 posted on 10/04/2013 9:42:42 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It's hard to accept the truth when the lies were exactly what you wanted to hear.)
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To: Venturer

HMFNIC


15 posted on 10/04/2013 9:42:54 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom ;Sarcasm is my bidness)
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To: don-o
The Pisgah Inn ... owner Bruce O'Connell
You can send Mr. O'Connell an email thanking him here,
16 posted on 10/04/2013 9:48:30 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: don-o; All; Jim Robinson

Usually, the Conservatives don’t do protests and actively thwart the actions of people we disagree with. I mean, most of us have jobs and we need to get back to work, so we don’t have time to get arrested protesting, etc...

However, I think it might be time to start giving these TYRANTS a little of their own medicine!

If you are near a Federal park or museum or some other national treasure, get 20 or more of your fellow, like minded friends and cross the lines! Storm the walls and move the barricades! Do NOT let these petty tyrants have the day. What are they going to do arrest 20, 50, 100+ Americans for walking on public property?

How will THAT play out in court for Obama? Are the Federales going to start shooting tear gas and rubber bullets into unarmed American citizens for visiting a hotel that is on LEASED government property?

Obama and the Socialist Democrats are going to lose, ESPECIALLY if we actually push back! My wife and I talked about this and we are going to a “federal” park this weekend with about 10 friends (they are inviting friends too) and we are going to visit these open air parks and monuments!

It is MORE than time to TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY and OUR GOVERNMENT!


17 posted on 10/04/2013 9:50:23 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: don-o

Time for states to call out the state guard to deal with these federal fascist thugs.


18 posted on 10/04/2013 9:53:52 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: don-o

Lovely Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway


19 posted on 10/04/2013 9:55:51 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: don-o

How close is it to Asheville? I will be in the area next week.


20 posted on 10/04/2013 9:57:51 AM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?s)
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To: don-o

Looks like they may have reversed course...:(


21 posted on 10/04/2013 10:01:53 AM PDT by erlayman
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To: don-o

Even better, they shut down the ocean off the coast of Florida. No fooling!


22 posted on 10/04/2013 10:08:14 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Occupy the DC Mall - take back the monuments)
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To: don-o

We spent a night of our honeymoon there in 1994. I was pretty sure it was owned by the Park Service. Maybe not. The employees sure acted like Gov. employees.
For various reasons we weren’t impressed.
The setting is gorgeous, right at the base of Mt. Pisgah. Beautiful vistas.

And for birders, it’s in a location that is part of the raptor migration flyway.


23 posted on 10/04/2013 10:09:04 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: elcid1970

I started to say ‘somebody’s going to get shot before this is all over with’, but that happened yesterday. Perhaps I should say ‘somebody else is going to get shot before this is all over with’.


24 posted on 10/04/2013 10:12:09 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: elcid1970
If the Nazi Parkies invade his business with guns drawn, make sure it’s all on video drop them where they stand and make sure they stay down.
25 posted on 10/04/2013 10:14:43 AM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: B4Ranch

I love people like him, willing to take the pricipled position even if they must do it alone. They are the seeds from which resistance to tyranny grows.


26 posted on 10/04/2013 10:21:57 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: don-o

UPDATE:

The Pisgah Inn has closed for the duration of the shutdown.

I suspect they were threatened with failure to renew their concession in 2014, swallowed their pride and shut it down.

Asheville Citizen Times has the story.


27 posted on 10/04/2013 10:22:45 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post))
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To: sergeantdave
Time for states to call out the state guard to deal with these federal fascist thugs.

Hmm..did the NPS close Fort Sumter?

28 posted on 10/04/2013 10:22:51 AM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: eyedigress

It’s not very far from Asheville. Get on the parkway at Asheville and go about 20 miles West from I-26.

It’s worth the effort.

Several years ago, we stayed in the Inn over the Independence Day weekend. Other than Hurricane Cindy going through it was a wonderful trip. Watching fireworks go off down in the valley and across the land was quite stunning.

When I was a Boy Scout in the early 70s we camped about 1000 feet below the Inn down in the valley. It’s just beautiful country.


29 posted on 10/04/2013 10:27:37 AM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: ExTxMarine

“What are they going to do arrest 20, 50, 100+ Americans for walking on public property?”

Just don’t bring your dog. They will shoot it.


30 posted on 10/04/2013 10:32:39 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Make today a great day. Insult a liberal.)
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To: Rebelbase

Just. Damn.


31 posted on 10/04/2013 10:33:24 AM PDT by don-o (Hit the FReepathon hard and fast! Nail this one for the Jimmer. Do it now!)
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To: All

The Asheville Citizen Times is no go for FR. But the story IS there.


32 posted on 10/04/2013 10:42:28 AM PDT by don-o (Hit the FReepathon hard and fast! Nail this one for the Jimmer. Do it now!)
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To: mrsmel

They set the example for all of us, don’t they?


33 posted on 10/04/2013 11:06:54 AM PDT by B4Ranch (AGENDA: Grinding America Down ----- <<http://vimeo.com/63749370)
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To: B4Ranch

Yes, and I’m trying to think what better I can do other than to harrass my congressmens’ staffs by phone. I already decided that if Levin’s march for the vets happens, I’m there. Right now, one of the park police or whatever they’re called is trying to flip the script and the focus off the vets (like 90 yo men in wheelchairs after a long road trip) to her, by claiming “mistreatment” by a congressman after an app 30 second non-violent contact. These people are so despicable, I couldn’t hate them more if I tried. Let them keep it up, stirring up hatred in people is a great motivator.


34 posted on 10/04/2013 11:14:49 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: don-o
“It’s a matter that we consider the National Park System to be a single entity, and without an appropriation, the entire system is closed and cannot reopen until funding is restored,” he said. “We do not believe it is appropriate or feasible to have some parts of the system open while others are closed to the public.”

But the Park Service decided to let the Blue Ridge Parkway remain open as a thoroughfare. Why not let the services along the thoroughfare remain open?

35 posted on 10/04/2013 11:41:30 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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To: Vinnie

I heard 2nd hand that here in Wisconsin, they *shut down* the flyways.

Those darned birds have got to be Tea Partiers, right? Not to mention: just how do you convince the birds not to migrate? (Yeah, I know: they mean shut down to the tourists and birders, but they can just walk along the other side of the road and take the same pictures from State and private property.)


36 posted on 10/04/2013 11:51:11 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: B4Ranch
“If not now, when? If not me, who?” he said.”

Then they came for the Innkeepers, and there was no one left to speak for them.

-PJ

37 posted on 10/04/2013 11:55:25 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: don-o

Reuters has the story now.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/03/us-usa-fiscal-inn-idUSBRE9920W220131003


38 posted on 10/04/2013 12:38:54 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post))
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To: don-o
I'm surprised Reuters included this quip in their article:

October is the peak season for the area's vibrant fall foliage, and travelers such as Julie Andreacola of Indian Trail, North Carolina, book hotel rooms months in advance.

"The government is taking punitive action on a private business at the peak of their season," said Andreacola, who had weekend reservations at the inn. "It should not be permitted."

39 posted on 10/04/2013 12:41:02 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post))
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To: don-o
“It’s a matter that we consider the National Park System to be a single entity, and without an appropriation, the entire system is closed and cannot reopen until funding is restored,” he said. “We do not believe it is appropriate or feasible to have some parts of the system open while others are closed to the public.”

So, this is this weasel's opinion.

I would check the deed to the property to see if the government can shut down access to the property and under what circumstances.

40 posted on 10/04/2013 12:44:06 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: don-o
UPDATED #2*****Asheville Citizen Times now reporting the Innkeepers decided to re-open this afternoon.*****

The NPS is blocking the entrances to their parking lot.

As you stated we can't link to the Cit-times but here's the URL to the story that can be copied and pasted.

http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20131004/NEWS/310040050/Pisgah-Inn-reopens-defies-government-shutdown?nclick_check=1

41 posted on 10/04/2013 1:01:12 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post))
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To: Admin Moderator; don-o

Can you update the title to link #41, please? These folks are standing up their rights!


42 posted on 10/04/2013 1:03:35 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post))
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To: Rebelbase

WOW!!! This thing is crazy. I kind of understand the guy wavering. It IS scary when the men with guns are come at you.


43 posted on 10/04/2013 1:08:51 PM PDT by don-o (Hit the FReepathon hard and fast! Nail this one for the Jimmer. Do it now!)
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To: don-o

bump


44 posted on 10/04/2013 1:51:03 PM PDT by don-o (Hit the FReepathon hard and fast! Nail this one for the Jimmer. Do it now!)
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To: don-o

On Hannity now.


45 posted on 10/04/2013 2:38:54 PM PDT by don-o (Hit the FReepathon hard and fast! Nail this one for the Jimmer. Do it now!)
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To: Rebelbase

On Hannity - he’s open. Park police blocking gates.


46 posted on 10/04/2013 2:40:35 PM PDT by don-o (Hit the FReepathon hard and fast! Nail this one for the Jimmer. Do it now!)
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To: tcrlaf
The media is getting more hateful and shrill, but something is happening.

I agree, even the comments under the article show a distinct change in attitude. Comments about getting out and about, taking back OUR lands, states rights....

The longer this goes on the more people begin to realize just how much centralized control exists in our country. Think about this...you can't even go to a park without government supervision.

47 posted on 10/04/2013 2:51:18 PM PDT by EBH ( Freeman: A person not in slavery or serfdom.)
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To: don-o
I live right nearby. I think we'll mosey up there tomorrow for lunch. I hope about 10,000 others from around the area do the same thing, too. Maybe if the rangers are blocking the Pisgah Inn driveways, the backed up cars on the Parkway will somehow block the Parkway and give them something to really do besides harass the owner?

It could turn into quite a mess up there as the word gets out locally if enough people decide to support him by heading up there for a good meal in their very nice restaurant. It wouldn't surprise me in the least...

48 posted on 10/04/2013 3:05:17 PM PDT by Gritty (We are quickly running out of "boxes"...)
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To: don-o
He says he's essentially private property, on a road that's still open, and uses no government personnel...

I wonder if he has a 5th amendment illegal takings argument that he can make.

If this is a private business on a road kept open because it's deemed a "commerce route," then the forced closure of his "commerce" by the feds is a de facto illegal taking of his private property.

-PJ

49 posted on 10/04/2013 3:09:28 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Gritty

I recall the “We Still Pray” from a few years back.


50 posted on 10/04/2013 3:20:01 PM PDT by don-o (Hit the FReepathon hard and fast! Nail this one for the Jimmer. Do it now!)
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