Skip to comments.SERIOUSLY? National Park Service spitefully removes handles from water fountains
Posted on 10/09/2013 2:28:42 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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This will not end well, hopefully.
shutting off the water does not involve removing the handles from the fountains. This is just spiteful.
At many parks around here, they shut off the water this time of year, just in case of freezing pipes, etc. Just sayin it might have nothing to do with the shutdown...
I was wondering the same thing.
You shut down water lines by closing their supply valves, not by removing faucet handles. (Nice excuse-making though. Very creative of you.)
So why didn’t they just close the supply valves?
Park Police have been around for a long time as you say, but they were always a separate entity from your basic “park ranger”. Now, they are all vested with police power and I don’t believe that was the case until the patriot act.
That wouldn't send the same message, would it?
For many parks and campgrounds, private companies DO run them. The Park service shut them down. Coyoteblog belongs to a guy who previously ran about a hundred of them...now he just pays for their utilities and insurance as they sit closed.
That is a very important distinction.
There is a reason why we have civilian control of the military, as well as the non-military uniformed forces such as the police and fire departments.
Illegal orders are not what's going on — at least not yet.
I'm not defending some of the obnoxious things that have been reported being done by National Park Service personnel over the last few days. I don't know details but I'm quite willing to believe that some really bad things have happened.
However, when push comes to shove — as it did at the World War II Memorial — reports posted here on Free Republic seem to indicate that the Park Service personnel started going out of their way to find “creative” ways to obey the letter of the law while ignoring the spirit of the law to close the World War II memorial.
That is de facto but not de jure disobedience by those in uniform — doing exactly what the order says but effectively contradicting what the order was meant to accomplish.
I think SJackson might know quite a bit about the real crimes prosecuted at Nuremberg in which people claimed to be “just following orders,” and they aren't anywhere in the same ball park as what the National Park Service are doing here.
Before people say small things turn into big things, that's true — but not the way it may be meant.
If local German police had de facto resisted Hitler's early orders in ways comparable to what the National Park Service is doing at the World War II Memorial, it would have sent a clear but quiet signal that the German bureaucracy would not follow the leadership of jackbooted thugs and wannabees who, in the early days of the Nazis, often put on Nazi Party uniforms in part because they couldn't meet the strict standards of the Prussian-dominated German civil service and its post-WW1 severely reduced military.
It's no secret that the professional German military and much of the educated civil service hated Hitler and regarded him as a fool. They did nothing in the early days, and often actively cooperated once he gained power.
We are seeing something very different from the National Park Service, at least so far.
And when it comes to the military, this scandal of dead servicemembers’ families not getting their death benefits is not going down well among anyone on active duty who I know. People who usually avoid politics are blazing mad — and you can tell it by the wives and retirees who get on Facebook and blast the President with the obvious quiet support of their active-duty husbands and active-duty sons and daughters.
I do not think President Obama is smart enough to pull off an armed takeover of our government, even if he wanted to do so — and one example of that is this abuse of our dead soldiers’ families. That is not something that will be forgotten quickly by those wearing the uniform. When people's lives are on the line, they need to know their families will be taken care of if they die. If they aren't sure of those things, they start pulling back, holding fire, and avoiding risks and dangers. Hesitation and fear about what will happen back home are “rust” which degrade military morale, and Obama is not exactly giving soldiers the confidence they need to follow his orders if things get really bad.
If that SOB Nazi ranger had screamed at me and stuck his finger in MY face, I would screamed right back at him with language that would make a Marine and a long shoreman both blush.
I also would have told him if he doesn’t get his finger out of my face, he will be giving himself a prostate exam with his detached finger.
“So why didnt they just close the supply valves?”
That wouldn’t send the same message, would it?
Sure it would send the same message,,,no water for the peasants. Did anyone see Rangers doing it? The article doesn’t mention any witnesses. NPS Rangers have already done a lot of horrible and spiteful things in the name of their Master. Things we KNOW they have done. They might have done it, we just don’t know. (if they did do it, i imagine they would be thumping their chests and bragging about it)
This made me LOL. Literally.
So regardless of the culprit's identity, have the Rangers replaced the missing handles? It's not as if they're too busy these days.
I live near the "public lands" in question. Maybe I'll risk the $100 fine this weekend and have a look.
Imagine such a vindictive government being in a position to approve or deny medical care...oh wait....
Someone needs to do a “Hitler finds out” vid - people are still using the parks.
lepton - read the Greenfield piece at the link below... It explains the ‘why’ to Obama’s meanness... Youll love it:
There are few moments that sum up the meanness of spirit of the Obama Blockade as well as a park ranger angrily telling senior citizens to get back on the bus and stop taking photos because they are engaging in forbidden recreating.
I don’t know what else that Communist Act added — however, park rangers have long been law-enforcement commissioned. They were in a separate category from the generalist park ranger (e.g. interpreter, fee collector), but they’ve long had police powers. They were proud to take over the title of “park ranger” (so that no one else working for the NPS was “really” a “park ranger” anymore, and instead, almost treated like a second-class citizen). The general public was too asleep to notice.
Thank you. For how hyperbolic it sounds, or especially would have sounded a couple of weeks ago, it makes a disturbing amount of sense.
If they did that, people might mistakenly think that there was something wrong with the water system. Taking the faucet handles off lets people know that it's being done deliberately. Doing that lets people know who's in charge.
Northern Virginia is to Virginia as Philadelphia is to Pennsylvania.
I’m not the least bit worried about the US Military. But remember Obamuzzie said he wanted a civilian security force as well-funded and large as the military. I suppose the NPS would have the makings of a couple battalions. Notable thing about that tho is that, unless they start living in barracks, they have to live among the rest of us. And that’s never easy for in ingrownprick to do. Especially with a record of pushing people around.
Any candidate who promises to work to get rid of all of the National Parks has got my vote.
Give them to the State(s) in which they are located with a “must maintain as a Park” caveat. Hell, many of them are profitable (fees, etc.) anyhow.
Give them to the State(s) —— but only after arranging for the FIRING every last Park Service employee. And no more damn pay raises for them in the interim!
Removing the service handle on a fountain does not prevent damage. They have to remove the supply (there must be a shutoff somewhere) and at least partially drain the fountain to prevent frozen pipes bursting.
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