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Park Service ranger: “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can.
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Posted on 10/04/2013 6:50:53 PM PDT by chessplayer

When and how did the National Park Service become “the shock troops of the punitive bureaucracy”?

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 the new World War II Memorial on the Mall to veterans of World War II. But the government does not own Mount Vernon; it is privately owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. The ladies bought it years ago to preserve it as a national memorial. The feds closed access to the parking lots this week, even though the lots are jointly owned with the Mount Vernon ladies. The rangers are from the government, and they’re only here to help.

“It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

Sad to say, but there’s precedent here. The extent of the barricade mentality may have deepened over time, with some memorials being shuttered now that stayed open in ’95, but the NPS has apparently always been a lead actor in shutdown-theater pageantry. Andrew Stiles interviewed former Bush Interior Secretary Gale Norton about it, and she said it’s nothing new:

“The National Parks Service has a long history of dramatizing budget issues by inconveniencing the public,” she says. ”They often choose the most dramatic type of action in order to get their message across. It’s something I had to guard against when I was secretary — not letting them play budget games.“

NPS has engaged in such behavior for decades, Nortons says, recalling at least one occassion during the Reagan administraiton, in which she worked as an attorney for the parks service, when NPS decided to close Skyline Drive, a scenic highway running through Shenandoah National Park, in order to make a statement during an appropriations fight on Capitol Hill…

“Given the fact that they have closed so much, and acted so broadly, I imagine that decision was made at the highest levels of park service leadership, in cooperation with department leadership and the White House,” she says.


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KEYWORDS: barrycades; govtshutdown; nationalparks; obama; openairmemorials; operationwhipcracker
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1 posted on 10/04/2013 6:50:53 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

We’ll remember you. The shutdown won’t last forever. Have A nice day .... for a while.


2 posted on 10/04/2013 6:53:25 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral)
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To: chessplayer

Perhaps they need to shut down the service altogether and let the parks be monitored by volunteers.


3 posted on 10/04/2013 6:53:45 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: chessplayer

What a spiteful little man he is.... not at all Presidential!!!


4 posted on 10/04/2013 6:55:05 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert (She accomplished nothing: should have stayed at home and baked cookies)
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To: chessplayer
The extent of the barricade mentality ...

It's the 'barry'cade mentality with this shutdown.

5 posted on 10/04/2013 6:55:07 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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To: chessplayer

Is it time to start congregating at park entrances and increasing the enforcement costs yet? When will people resist?


6 posted on 10/04/2013 6:56:17 PM PDT by wrencher
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To: McGavin999

At the very least, they should revert to the States. Why we have national-level parks at all is beyond me.


7 posted on 10/04/2013 6:56:21 PM PDT by Windcatcher (Obama is a COMMUNIST and the MSM is his armband-wearing propaganda machine.)
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To: chessplayer

These stories (including the cancer-stricken children story) are going to hurt Obama and his party even more as time goes by during the shutdown.

It’s getting more obvious to the American people who really wants and enjoys this government shutdown and it’s going to get more difficult for them not to accept what the House offers.


8 posted on 10/04/2013 6:57:23 PM PDT by tsowellfan (www.cafenetamerica.com)
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To: Windcatcher

Teddy’s fault!


9 posted on 10/04/2013 6:57:29 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert (She accomplished nothing: should have stayed at home and baked cookies)
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To: chessplayer

...someone must have told him Americans don’t like your change, and hope you’d just go away


10 posted on 10/04/2013 6:58:21 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: chessplayer

Isn’t it strange that in a “shutdown” paid government employees man barricades to prevent the public from using public facilities, and private facilities as well?


11 posted on 10/04/2013 6:58:54 PM PDT by trubolotta
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To: SkyDancer
"We’ll remember you."

The NPS has screwed the pooch on this one.

12 posted on 10/04/2013 6:59:43 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: chessplayer
NPS decided to close Skyline Drive

Went on that a lot of times in the 60s when my father was stationed at the Pentagon. We owned a couple of undeveloped lots in the mountains we used for camping. Carried in our water and dug our latrines. I still have the machete we used to clear each time we went.....Sheffield steel.

13 posted on 10/04/2013 7:00:08 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: SkyDancer

YAHOO NEWS

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/obamacare-worst-law-passed-four-decades-must-stopped-121701392.html?vp=1


14 posted on 10/04/2013 7:00:15 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: MissMagnolia

The NPS is committing Barrycide.


15 posted on 10/04/2013 7:00:34 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: chessplayer

There are many properties now owned by the Federal government that would be better off owned by the State.


16 posted on 10/04/2013 7:01:15 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: chessplayer

This shows me again how infiltrated all levels of government - military include - has become of partisan hacks.

No one who works for the federal government can be trusted, IMO. They are all brownshirts.


17 posted on 10/04/2013 7:01:33 PM PDT by llevrok (Democrats are LAW-LESS because the GOP is Ball-Less)
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To: Windcatcher

My thoughts exactly. The states should sue to take them by eminent domain.


18 posted on 10/04/2013 7:02:16 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (A civilian forece funded and equal to the military ... Obama/DHS & Hitler/Gestapo & Stalin/KGB)
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>> “It’s disgusting.”

It is an Obamanation!!!


19 posted on 10/04/2013 7:03:29 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: SkyDancer
From Wikipedia:

Jonathan B. Jarvis (born June 26, 1953)[1] is the 18th Director of the United States National Park Service, confirmed by the United States Senate on September 25, 2009.

He was serving as regional director for the Pacific West Region when, on July 10, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Jarvis for the directorship following the resignation of Mary A. Bomar on January 20, 2009, the day of President Obama's inauguration.

A career civil servant, Jarvis has been with the service for over 30 years.[2][3][4] Prior to his work as regional director, Jarvis served for three years as the superintendent of Mount Rainier National Park in Ashford, Washington. He was superintendent of Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in Idaho and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Service & Preserve in Alaska during the 1990s.[5] Jarvis graduated from The College of William & Mary, where he became a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, in 1975 with a degree in biology.[5]

20 posted on 10/04/2013 7:04:25 PM PDT by Ken522
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To: DLfromthedesert
What a spiteful little man he is.... not at all Presidential!!!

He is showing himself for who he is. No more pretenses.
No more president of "all the people".

21 posted on 10/04/2013 7:07:08 PM PDT by oldbrowser (We have a rogue government in Washington)
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To: chessplayer

honestly don’t many fedgov people do this without explicit orders everyday?


22 posted on 10/04/2013 7:07:26 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: DLfromthedesert

What a spiteful little man he is.... not at all Presidential!!!


The NPS has been pulling this crap for decades. Doesn’t look like His Highness is making a list for them of things to close down. Remember to spit on the next NPS ranger you see if you visit D.C.


23 posted on 10/04/2013 7:10:07 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer
The hell with them all..........

Let them have a taste of what the private sector has been through for the last 6 years. Keep the government closed for a year and watch the economy of DC and northern Virginia (currently the wealthiest and most prosperous part of the country) crash too.

24 posted on 10/04/2013 7:10:32 PM PDT by Species8472 (Ordinary acts of everyday folks keep the darkness at bay)
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To: trubolotta

Someone needs to remind these people that they work for us!!


25 posted on 10/04/2013 7:13:01 PM PDT by Weiner (e)
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To: chessplayer

I don’t really know if that is all that wise a policy: after this is all over the Parks will still be there, they’ll still be there, and we’ll still be there. They are not 0bama’s employees, they are ours. That point may need to be hammered home, and unfortunately the ones needing the hammering most won’t be the ones in front of us. That does not mean the ones in front of us won’t profit from a little hammering on their own. Bad will lasts a lot longer than any temporary funding issue. Be nice, employees, because we’ll be back.


26 posted on 10/04/2013 7:17:13 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Weiner

We own those National parks and pay those rangers salaries with our tax dollars. It’s time for us to stop paying taxes until they begin to understand that again. By denying the American taxpayer access they are stealing from us.


27 posted on 10/04/2013 7:20:08 PM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: McGavin999

Why shut down the service?

Have all the park rangers just say, NO. NO, I won’t prevent WWII veterans from visiting the monument built in their honor. And by the way Mr Supervisor, I feel like you’re bullying me and I’m going to file a complaint against you for harassment with HR.

Simple, they’re civil servants, they can’t get fired anyway.


28 posted on 10/04/2013 7:21:34 PM PDT by qaz123
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To: chessplayer

Oh, and PS - no more government testing as in FAA exams. Last day was the 4th. If some pilot needs an exam, tuff, have to wait until Obamalamadingdong says so.


29 posted on 10/04/2013 7:27:12 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral)
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To: chessplayer

“Public land” what a stupid name for federally controlled land.


30 posted on 10/04/2013 7:32:55 PM PDT by DungeonMaster (Allister Crowley would feel so at home in America today. "World's most average gay")
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To: Windcatcher

You got that right. Ask Utah how national parks and monuments has worked out for them. They are lucky they have any state land left at all.


31 posted on 10/04/2013 7:33:31 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: chessplayer

We The People can return the treatment come 2014, ya think?


32 posted on 10/04/2013 7:34:33 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Aquamarine
" It’s time for us to stop paying taxes until..."

Now THERE's a (Galt) shutdown.

33 posted on 10/04/2013 7:35:53 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: chessplayer

My son and I were planning our annual deer hunting trip tonight. We checked the website for the National Forest we hunt in and it says it is closed but law enforcement will be working. Sigh.


34 posted on 10/04/2013 7:42:32 PM PDT by fulltlt
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To: wrencher
"I was only following orders," has been unsuccessfully used as a legal defense in hundreds of cases (probably most notably by Nazi leaders at the Nuremberg tribunals following World War II). The defense didn't work for them, nor has it worked in hundreds of cases since.

That is the excuse the park rangers gave when they blockaded the privately run Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway after owner Bruce O'Connell decided to reopen his dining room, gift shop and country store at noon Friday for lunch. The federal government had forced the inn, in a leased building on federal land, to shut down at 6 p.m. ET Thursday at the height of fall foliage — and tourism — season.

A business that actually pays into the federal government is forced to close (obviously under threat of arrest) for no good reason other than a bully-mentality administration says "If I can't get my way, I'll make EVERYBODY hurt!"

. Agreed Wrencher...agreed! Time to be taking names (since they already have ours)...

35 posted on 10/04/2013 7:47:28 PM PDT by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: chessplayer

Close the damn parks!!!...If it means my freedom from Obamacare...NO PROBLEM!


36 posted on 10/04/2013 8:00:34 PM PDT by Route395
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To: chessplayer
What is so sad is some Americans are so damn dumb not to realize that King Obama is a child like insane fool. He is beyond help and should be in an asylum.
37 posted on 10/04/2013 8:20:50 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: chessplayer
Next year the dem bastards will be using the same 'no holds barred' tactics to force people in to Obamacare.

The penalty this year is small - next year it gets MUCH larger... that trend continues until they've caused enough pain to break most of us. Dems are jerks - the way they've handled the shutdown showcases them for what they are... they're bullies.

38 posted on 10/04/2013 8:24:02 PM PDT by GOPJ (Brieitbart sent me... Freeper newfreep)
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To: Logical me

Think about the men and women who have died around 0bama. The clean reputation that is in fact completely fake.

Frankly, I wonder if 0bama hasn’t pulled the trigger or watched some of the killings of people himself, just to see how it felt.

I’ve told the story several times here, but it bears repeating. As my sainted mother was dying and drugged up, I was helping her to the kitchen one time when 0bama showed up on tv before the 2008 election. She pointed a bony finger at him and said, “I am afraid of that man.”

I laughed.

I wonder what she saw. She was, after all, more ‘there’ than here on Earth at the time.

I remember that moment well, and how odd I felt about it at the time. I laughed like she’d said something silly, but then I looked at him, too, and wondered what she already knew.

The man is a monster.


39 posted on 10/04/2013 8:27:10 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: Aquamarine

It would be nice to see tourists boycott NPS operated tourist attractions in D.C. for a year. The NPS depends on tourists filling their coffers, so dry up the money flow from tourists and see how the NPS likes it. The NPS has shown they won’t hesitate to hurt tourists as much as they can.


40 posted on 10/04/2013 8:28:22 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer
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41 posted on 10/04/2013 8:55:40 PM PDT by baddog 219
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To: chessplayer

Is the entertainment branch the only Federal branch that is closed?


42 posted on 10/04/2013 8:56:30 PM PDT by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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To: chessplayer

Is the entertainment branch the only Federal branch that is closed?


43 posted on 10/04/2013 8:56:31 PM PDT by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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To: chessplayer
a friend of mine and his friend went to Lake mead on Monday from So. Calif. and at 10;00AM Wednesday morning they were told to get off the lake.

Before they could get to the beach they had pulled the docks and locked up the porta potties.

There is a mobile home park on leased land from the federal government there and they were told to get out of their homes and go find a motel!!!

44 posted on 10/04/2013 9:03:30 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: chessplayer

Barrycades have only been used, so far, in outdoor Park, outdoor Monuments, and outdoor Mall settings.

Construction of larger Barrycades to be used on the US Mexican Border had to be canceled when the income from the Fast and Furious uncontrolled gun control “investment” went the way of all other Obamanation investments.

Potential construction of Barrycades to be placed on Obama’s Red Line in Syria is being jointly studied by the US Military, and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Vladamir Putin.

Ambassador Dennis Rodman, no relation to Mrs. Bill Clinton, is rumored to be trying to put together a syndicate of his best friends to provide funding for the construction of these Red Line Barrycades.

North Korea spokesmen would not confirm or deny this rumor.


45 posted on 10/04/2013 9:33:47 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Marxist Obama'care' Insurance violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: chessplayer
Park Service ranger: “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can...exactly - instead of an administration intent on making peoples' lives as productive and comfortable as possible, the Obama Administration intends to turn every government power and advantage against the people as needed to perpetuate itself and its henchmen - shameful......
46 posted on 10/04/2013 9:36:56 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: chessplayer

a president who orders federal agencies and employees to cause pain to the American a public should be IMPEACHED

what say you Congress?

how low do we have to fall as sovereign citizens to tolerate this BS as just another obama stunt

when was the last time we had a president who used the feral govt as his personal staff to punish ordinary citizens, even to the point of causing the possible deaths of some of those citizens (as in the NIH cancer drug cut off)


47 posted on 10/04/2013 9:42:33 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: dalereed

In that case, why aren’t the obamas being evicted from the White House? They are only renting


48 posted on 10/04/2013 9:45:17 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Intolerant in NJ
Park Service ranger: “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can...exactly - instead of an administration intent on making peoples' lives as productive and comfortable as possible...

It is not the responsibility of the Federal government to do either. How people live their lives be they 'difficult' or 'comfortable' is not a Federal responsibility and none of their damn business.

49 posted on 10/04/2013 9:45:44 PM PDT by Ditto
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To: combat_boots

creepy

do you wonder what was the last thing he said to his grandmother?

very odd situation that was


50 posted on 10/04/2013 9:46:47 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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