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  • Obama: “I Will Not Negotiate” (And If I Don't Get My Way, I'll Throw A Temper Tantrum)

    10/13/2013 8:05:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2013 | Bruce Bialosky
    You would have had to be under a rock to miss our President stating that recently. He mouthed that repeatedly during the budget debate and the government shutdown. It became his mantra leading up to the impending vote for raising the debt ceiling. The constitutional lawyer was apparently absent the day they taught that we have three co-equal branches of government. More than anything else, Mr. Obama apparently does not understand how the debt ceiling works. President Obama has regularly repeated “I will not negotiate over the full faith and credit of the United States.” Certainly he may mean that,...
  • The Tiny Mind of Boehner: A Jail with No Bars

    10/13/2013 6:25:30 AM PDT · by C. Edmund Wright · 41 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10-13-13 | C Edmund Wright
    In contemplating the bizarre, incompetent, and feckless behavior of House Speaker John Boehner over the years, I am reminded of the signature scene from the 1969 Western comedy Support Your Local Sheriff: In it,the sheriff (James Garner) ridicules dim-witted prisoner Joe Dandy (Bruce Dern), deriding him and maintaining full control even though his jail has no bars. The money scene is from 2:40 through 3:30: The cell on the right is yours. We don't have any bars yet...but we're gonna operate just as if the bars are there...so while you're in this jail, you stay on that side of the...
  • How Ted Cruz Ruined My Trip to a National Park (Website)

    10/11/2013 5:13:18 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 14 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 11 October 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Soooo I'm searching for info on a Civil War historic site and click on a National Park Service page presented  (high) in the Google results- yet all I get is this: "Because of the Federal Government Shutdown,  all national parks are closed  and the National Park Service webpages are not operating.  For more information, go to www.doi.gov" It costs less somehow to generate/post disingenuous Obama propaganda and close down all their other pages, then? And these messages are putting themselves up? That ain't how it works with my server- Just in case you missed that, a big, black banner promptly...
  • I work for Uncle Sam, and I’m proud of it

    10/02/2013 9:16:14 AM PDT · by Night Hides Not · 106 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/2/2013 | Jason Ullner
    I am a federal bureaucrat. A professional government employee. And guess what? I’m damn proud of it. It seems that all I hear these days are the once and future leaders of our country tripping over themselves to denigrate the work we do. I’m tired of it, and I’m fed up. I don’t claim to represent anyone other than myself, but I would bet that a fair number of federal employees feel as I do. We are lawyers, doctors, PhD students, economists, writers, electricians, construction workers, security officers and technology specialists. We are not a drain on the national economy;...
  • Military Priests Face Arrest for Celebrating Mass in Defiance of Shutdown

    10/04/2013 12:17:34 PM PDT · by Brown Deer · 53 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | 10/4/2013 | Steve Skojec
    Our government is out of control.First, it was the World War II veterans who had to break down barriers to see the open air, un-attended memorial erected in their honor.  A memorial which is on public land but is supported – including the National Park Service fee – with private funds. This week there was more security surrounding this memorial — just to keep elderly veterans out — than there was at our embassy in Benghazi the night it was attacked.And for what? To inflict as much pain as possible through this government shutdown. It’s called Washington Monument Syndrome, and it’s...
  • Firemen First, Monuments Second, Sanity Last

    10/06/2013 7:28:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2013 | Paul Jacob
    Most Americans are aware, on some level, of the Firemen First Principle. Politicians face a shortfall in the budget, and wish to raise taxes, or debt, to cover it, but also must face the wrath of the public. So they pretend to bite the bullet, strategically placing onto the chopping block those parts of the government that the people like best. This “demonstrates” the “need” to raise taxes, increase debt, or otherwise do things voters would rather not do. Firemen go first onto the list, because everyone likes firemen. They risk their lives and help us when we are truly...
  • WWII veterans storm D.C. memorial closed by government shutdown

    10/01/2013 2:45:16 PM PDT · by dennisw · 98 replies
    stars and stripes ^ | October 1, 2013 | By Leo Shane III
    WASHINGTON — Wheelchair-bound elderly veterans pushed aside barricades to tour the World War II Memorial Tuesday morning, in defiance of the government shutdown which closed all of the memorials in the nation’s capital. The four bus loads of veterans — visiting from Mississippi as part of a once-in-a-lifetime Honor Flight tour — ignored National Park Police instructions not to enter the site as lawmakers and tourists cheered them on. “We didn’t come this far not to get in,” one veteran proclaimed. The scene was both emotional and comical at once. After it was clear they had lost control of the...
  • ObamaCare: It's all about control

    10/12/2013 12:40:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune-Review ^ | October 11, 2013 | Robert Moffit, senior fellow in the Center for Health Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation
    On health care, the president's pile of broken promises keeps getting higher. Consider this gem from Aug. 20, 2009: “Let's be clear about the fact that nobody has proposed anything close to a government takeover of health care.” Well, yes, somebody did. President Obama is now well on his way to orchestrating the federal government's takeover of Americans' health care. Commandeering the resources of major federal departments, particularly the Department of Health and Human Services and the IRS, the administration and its allies in Congress have created numerous federal bureaus, commissions and programs and have issued thousands of pages of...
  • Rep Randy Neugebauer confronts park ranger at the WW II Memorial

    10/05/2013 10:13:03 AM PDT · by magellan · 40 replies
    Rep Randy Neugebauer confronted a park ranger at the WW II Memorial. Anderson takes a look at the video.
  • Senate Democrats block reopening of NIH, national parks (Reid disparages Cruz on Senate floor)

    10/03/2013 11:19:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 52 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 3, 2013 | By Stephen Dinan
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday blocked a House bill providing funding to reopen national parks amid the government shutdown, saying he would not allow the GOP to pick and choose from among favored programs and insisting the only way out is to pass all spending at the same time. Republicans tried to get an agreement in the Senate to restore the parks money along with funding for the National Institutes of Health, the military reserves and National Guard, and veterans affairs, but Democrats objected to each of those agreements in turn. [snip] The debate on the Senate floor...
  • Shutdown overreach: More personnel sent to WWII memorial than Benghazi

    10/02/2013 11:52:54 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 29 replies
    Shutdown overreach: More personnel sent to WWII memorial than Benghazi; Park Service closes park it doesn't run (Video at Link) The National Park Service is sending so many officials out to shut down federal parks from visiting Americans that at this rate it might have to suspend furloughs if the government closure continues. Two examples: -- At the World War II Memorial on The Mall in Washington, where veterans have been staging protests to keep it open...
  • Petty Tirade: Selective Shutdowns at 12 National Parks Across America

    10/05/2013 5:55:11 PM PDT · by Winstons Julia · 48 replies
    IJReview ^ | 10/05/13 | Kyle Becker
    Washington’s grown a bit nastier and colder since the last government shutdown, and the casualties of the partisan fight are the family memories lost from being denied access to public landmarks that are supposed to belong to the people. The government doesn’t see it that way anymore – it’s all just a “damn game” and the folks running the Capitol are just toying with the American people. That’s right – public memorials, monuments and parks remained open under President Clinton and the Republican Congress in 1995/96, causing one to wonder how much inconvenience and financial hardship this partial government shutdown...
  • WWII Memorial Barricade Wired Shut

    10/04/2013 7:54:51 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 228 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | OCT 4, 2013 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    Tuesday morning, seven National Park Service employees were seen erecting and tending to a barricade around the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. One NPS employee was operating a forklift. There usually aren't any NPS employees working at the World War II memorial. A couple hours later, when an Honor Flight of World War II veterans arrived, accompanied by Democratic and Republican members of Congress, the fences blocking the memorial were easily moved away, allowing the veterans to enter. But the barriers are still at the memorial, and they've been reinforced. This morning, I walked by the memorial and...
  • 'Gestapo' tactics meet senior citizens at Yellowstone

    10/08/2013 11:24:37 AM PDT · by llevrok · 57 replies
    Pat Vaillancourt went on a trip last week that was intended to showcase some of America’s greatest treasures. Instead, the Salisbury resident said she and others on her tour bus witnessed an ugly spectacle that made her embarrassed, angry and heartbroken for her country. Vaillancourt was one of thousands of people who found themselves in a national park as the federal government shutdown went into effect on Oct. 1. For many hours her tour group, which included senior citizen visitors from Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States, were locked in a Yellowstone National Park hotel under armed guard. The...
  • When Mettle Meets the Toads

    10/06/2013 6:34:00 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10-5-13 | Clarice Feldman
    Two battles were joined this week, one on Capital Hill and another at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (the symbolic core of which is known as Bascom Hill). In both cases, free men who refused to be cowed struck back at overreaching tyrants. (a) The Battle of Capitol Hill As the Republicans and Democrats squared off on spending, World War II and Korean War vets were making their way to Washington, D.C. on Honor Flights, a charitable program to bring these folks to see the memorials to service members who fought... ~snip~ On hearing that the Obama administration intended to block...
  • In your face, Spite House! Blue Ridge inn blockaded by Park Police reopens today [legal docs #80]

    10/09/2013 9:28:20 AM PDT · by abb · 97 replies
    Twitchy ^ | October 9, 2013 | Staff
    The Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina created a publicity crap storm for the Spite House when operators were forced to close during the government shutdown. The inn sits on federal land and despite the owner’s attempt to defy orders from the Park Police, he was forced to close his doors and throw away spoiled food during the height of fall foliage season. Today, the inn will reopen at 5 p.m. and all October reservations will be honored.
  • Jan Brewer on Obama and WWII Vets

    10/04/2013 7:33:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 27 replies
    JANPAC
    Friends, With the federal government shutdown, this has been a difficult week for all Americans. Furthermore, the Obama administration’s unwillingness to negotiate is frustrating to all of us who would like to see meaningful change in Washington. While I am disappointed by the actions of Harry Reid and President Obama, I was shocked to learn that veterans had been denied access to the WWII Memorial in Washington D.C. Our veterans deserve better than this! It’s time to send a message to the Democrats in Washington that this sort of political gamesmanship is unacceptable. It is disturbing to note that President...
  • Greenfield: The Obama Blockade

    10/10/2013 5:19:34 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 42 replies
    Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog ^ | Thursday, October 10, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Thursday, October 10, 2013 The Obama Blockade Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog In the spring of ’48, the collision of wills between the free world and the red slave empire of the east came to a head in Berlin. The Communist strategy had been to push forward, to violate the spirit of the agreements and then the letter of the agreements while always claiming to be the aggrieved party. The Allies had treated the Soviet Union as if it were a credible partner that wanted to work together with them on rebuilding Europe. The Soviet Union...
  • Government Shutdown Jokes…and the Sick Joke of Obama’s Shutdown Strategy

    10/09/2013 8:52:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 9, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Even though it’s an uphill battle, I’m glad there are some lawmakers willing to fight Obamacare. They realize a hard battle today could help save America from genuine fiscal crisis in the future. I don’t know how this government-shutdown battle (which is morphing into a debt-limit battle) will end, but I’m hopeful the taxpayers get some sort of victory. The 2011 fight over the debt limit, after all, gave us sequestration, which has been Obama’s biggest defeat. Heck, maybe in this year’s fight we can even keep the government shut down long enough that people realize that we can do...
  • Unbelievable: Police prevent drivers from pulling over and viewing Mt. Rushmore

    10/05/2013 5:39:45 PM PDT · by Winstons Julia · 193 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 10/05/13 | Twitchy Staff
    And now the feds have put up cones to keep people out of scenic overlooks on Mount Rushmore.
  • Shutdown Theater: NPS Orders Closure of Park that Receives No Federal Funding

    10/02/2013 9:41:19 AM PDT · by don-o · 72 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 2, 2013 | Lachlan Marka
    The National Park Service has ordered the closure of a Virginia park that sits on federal land, even though the government provides no resources for its maintenance or operation. The Claude Moore Colonial Farm announced on Wednesday that NPS has ordered it to suspend operations until Congress agrees to a deal to fund the federal government. According to Anna Eberly, managing director of the farm, NPS sent law enforcement agents to the park on Tuesday evening to remove staff and volunteers from the property. “You do have to wonder about the wisdom of an organization that would use staff they...
  • BREAKING: White House Ordering Hundreds of Privately Run, Privately Funded Parks to Close

    10/03/2013 6:17:43 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 100 replies
    It’s official. They are shutting all of us down ASAP. Marching orders straight from the White House. Update: Mr. Meyer emails to add that not only is his business being forced to take losses for the closures, but in some cases the government is making him and the other park management companies buy the barricades that will be used to shut the parks. Warren Meyer of Phoenix, AZ, is owner and president of Recreation Resource Management, Inc. RRM employs about 400-500 camp workers and managers across about a dozen states. It is one of a handful of companies that have...
  • Obama’s Shutdown: Parks for Amnesty Activists Only

    10/08/2013 5:09:41 AM PDT · by SJackson · 23 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | October 8, 2013 | Matthew Vadum
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Obama’s Shutdown: Parks for Amnesty Activists OnlyPosted By Matthew Vadum On October 8, 2013 @ 12:55 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment President Obama’s unprecedentedly vicious, carefully choreographed campaign of shutdown sadism is becoming even more thuggish as the fiscal 2014 budget dispute heads into its second week.But the lawless Obama administration is granting an indulgence to its radical friends who support immigration amnesty and tearing down the nation’s borders.As Charlie Spiering reports in the Washington Examiner, the Caudillo-in-Chief is allowing the “Camino Americano: March for Immigration Reform” rally to proceed on the...
  • The 2013 Battle of Yorktown -- restaurant owner defies feds

    10/08/2013 3:58:58 PM PDT · by reaganaut · 103 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/8/13 | Todd Starnes
    “I am now occupying the building at this time.” And with that one decision – restaurant owner Glenn Helseth joined the ranks of Americans who’ve decided to defy the strong-arm tactics of the National Park Service. For the past 11 years Helseth and his wife have operated the Carrot Tree Kitchens Restaurant inside the historic Cole Digges House in Yorktown, Va. At least 20 of Helseth's longtime employees are facing unemployment. They can’t make rent and some are faced with choosing between buying food or buying medicine. The National Park Service owns and operates the building. So when the government...
  • Why was the World War II Memorial barricaded?

    10/01/2013 9:36:39 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 123 replies
    CNN - The Lead ^ | 1 Oct 2013 | Jake Tapper
    Lawmakers on Capitol Hill do not seem any closer to an agreement that would end the government shutdown. On Tuesday, when veterans came to the World War II Memorial only to discover it had been barricaded because of the shutdown, they moved the blockade, then continued on to pay their respects. But the memorial is a federal site in a public space. According to the National World War II Memorial website, "The memorial is operated by the National Park Service and is open to visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week." Why was there a need for barricades...
  • Shutdown Overreach

    10/03/2013 7:49:58 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 33 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 2, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    -- At the World War II Memorial on The Mall in Washington, where veterans have been staging protests to keep it open, Washington Examiner's Charlie Spiering reports that at least seven officials were dispatched Wednesday morning to set up a ring of barricades to block tourists from the memorial. That is two more than the State Department had in Benghazi a year ago on the night of the terrorist attack that killed four, including the U.S. ambassador. -- National Park Officials closed down the educational Claude Moore Colonial Farm near the CIA in McLean, Va., even though the federal government...
  • Protest today Oct 5, 2013 Pisgah Inn NC

    10/05/2013 4:25:17 AM PDT · by DEPcom · 90 replies
    The Pisgah Inn is closed compliments of the federal government. It's a private business that is located on government property. One of many businesses that are shutdown across the country. Some totally privately owned and operated. This will not stand. The order to close came from US Park Service National Director, Mr. John Jarvis. He has been contacted. As citizens of these United States, we will exercise our freedom to assemble. We are assembling at noon Saturday, 10/4. Please be at Pisgah Inn.
  • House to Pass Bills to Reopen National Parks, VA

    10/01/2013 11:15:50 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 83 replies
    AP ^ | October 1, 2013 | ANDREW TAYLOR
    Republicans say the GOP-controlled House intends to pass legislation to reopen portions of the government, including national parks and processing of claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The House would also allow the government of Washington, D.C. to use its own taxpayer funds to provide services like garbage pickup, as well as keep D.C. employees on the job.
  • List: The Obama Shutdown (file)

    10/09/2013 8:55:23 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Nachumlist ^ | 10/8/18 | Nachum
    The Obama Shut Down10/8/2013President Obama Admits Real Reason Why He's Been Rejecting GOP Funding BillsMilitary chapel closed in Georgia: 'Shutdown: No Catholic service till further notice'Priest: Obama Admin. Denied Mass to CatholicsObama Warns "No Magic Bullets", Exploring "All Default Contingencies"Deja vu... Obama repeats the condemnation of striking workers....againObama: Republicans Using 'Extortion' On Debt LimitObama Says He Will Negotiate Once G.O.P. Ends 'Threats''Gestapo' tactics meet senior citizens at YellowstoneArmed Guards Kick Senior Citizens Out of Yellowstone ParkDigging In: Obama calls Boehner to say won´t negotiate, plans to make statementExclusive Gyms For Members Of Congress Deemed 'Essential,' Remain Open During ShutdownDepartment of...
  • Americans Storm Obama Barricades at Lincoln Memorial (Video)

    10/12/2013 6:23:58 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 34 replies
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com ^ | october 12, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    The US government has been shut down several times. What makes this shutdown different is that Barack Obama spent taxpayer dollars to erect barricades at national monuments to keep the American public out. He wants Americans to know who the boss is. Today several hundred Americans stormed the barricades at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.
  • National Park Service to keep WW II Memorial open to veterans (Barry blinks)

    10/02/2013 10:07:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Local ^ | October 2, 2013 | Michael E. Ruane and Mark Berman
    At Marion Park on Capitol Hill, two fence gates were chained closed, but one was not, and a group of children played inside. At the Korean War Veterans Memorial, on the Mall, the entrance was blocked with barricades, but visitors just walked around the barriers and entered. At the closed-off National World War II Memorial, two days of assaults by veterans prompted the National Park Service to announce that they had the legal right to be there and would not be barred in the future. Across federal Washington on Wednesday, the government shutdown was leaking badly — partly as a...
  • Rent-a-cops hired to ring Independence Hall - threaten arrests

    10/10/2013 1:18:41 PM PDT · by BigEdLB · 69 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/10/13 | Paul Bedard
    Armed private security guards are on the job to keep the public away from Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, and one even threatened to arrest a political activist if he stepped on the sidewalk beside the iconic building where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were debated and adopted. “You will be arrested,” said one of the hired guards to activist Craig Bergman as a video team filmed his stop at the downtown historical center. In the video, Bergman asks a National Park Service ranger who was paying for the rented cops, and was told, “You are.” The badge on the private...
  • The List: Unnecessarily Shut Down by Obama to Inflict Public Painhere Is No Shutdown … For Non-essen

    What is this horrid government shutdown I keep reading about? It isn’t for Federal employees, since the House passed legislation paying all non-essential Federal employees that were furloughed for their missed time. Stated differently. Non-essential Federal employees received a taxpayer-funded vacation. The government shutdown is a way for the Administration and Senate to punish Americans for Republicans not rubber-stamping the funding of Obamacare. John Nolte has created a list of unnecessary shutdowns. 1. Treatments for Children Suffering From Cancer – The GOP have agreed to a compromise by funding part of the government, including the National Institutes of Health, which...
  • The List: Unnecessarily Shut Down by Obama to Inflict Public Pain

    What is this horrid government shutdown I keep reading about? It isn’t for Federal employees, since the House passed legislation paying all non-essential Federal employees that were furloughed for their missed time. (I President Obama signs it, that is). Stated differently. Non-essential Federal employees received a taxpayer-funded vacation. The government shutdown is a way for the Administration and Senate to punish Americans for Republicans not rubber-stamping the funding of Obamacare. John Nolte has created a list of unnecessary shutdowns. 1. Treatments for Children Suffering From Cancer – The GOP have agreed to a compromise by funding part of the government,...
  • Obama Shuts Amber Alert Website And Mt Rushmore, Keeps Andrews AFB Golf Course Open

    10/07/2013 7:11:16 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 25 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/07/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    What is this horrid government shutdown I keep reading about? It isn’t for Federal employees, since the House passed legislation paying all non-essential Federal employees that were furloughed for their missed time. (If President Obama signs it, that is). Stated differently. Non-essential Federal employees received a taxpayer-funded vacation. The government shutdown is a way for the Administration and Senate to punish Americans for Republicans not rubber-stamping the funding of Obamacare. At least the Administration should exempt everyone or no one. John Nolte has created a list of unnecessary shutdowns. 1. Treatments for Children Suffering From Cancer – The GOP have...
  • Sign: Because of the Federal Government SHUTDOWN, All National Parks Are CLOSED.

    10/06/2013 11:01:02 AM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 25 replies
    vanity
    Signs like this are being posted by union thugs. Government workers are instructed to "make life as difficult for people as we can" and these signs are used to assign the blame. What is the correct message that should be on the sign? If you are going to one of these Unnecessary Shutdown sites, please consider posting the corrected signage. The "official" signs appear to be durable materials and have official logos and department letterhead. If there is not a thug around, you might tape your message onto the sign under their letterhead. Remember, almost everything you do in life...
  • Federal government to let states pay to open national parks

    10/10/2013 10:50:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    Trib Total Media ^ | Oct. 10, 2013
    700,000 people a day would have been visiting the parks and that the surrounding areas are losing $76 million in visitor spending per day. The park service said it is losing $450,000 per day in revenue from entrance fees and other in-park expenditures, such as campground fees and boat rentals.
  • Obama’s Petty Response To The “Shutdown” Becomes Tyrannical

    10/10/2013 5:03:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 9, 2013 | Bob Barr
    As of writing this article, Americans have endured more than a week of government “shutdown,” with no end in sight. Despite House Republicans sending several budget proposals to the Senate, President Barack Obama and his Senate Water Carrier, Harry Reid, continue to dig in their heels; refusing to even consider negotiating an end to the slowdown. The contrasts with the last government “shutdown,” nearly a generation ago, are dramatic. I was a member of Congress during the winter of 1995/1996, the most recent government prior “shutdown.” That historic budget battle was no less tense or divided than the current one....
  • Feds evict elderly couple from their home, cite shutdown

    10/06/2013 6:27:44 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 71 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | OCTOBER 6, 2013 | Joel Gehrke
    National Park Service officials cited the government shutdown as the reason for ordering an elderly Nevada couple out of their home, which sits on federal land. "Unfortunately overnight stays are not permitted until a budget is passed and the park can reopen," an NPS spokesman explained to KTNV. Ralph and Joyce Spencer, aged 80 and 77, respectively, own their home, but the government owns the land on which it sits. "I had to be sure and get his walker and his scooter that he has to go in," Joyce Spencer told the local news outlet. "We're not hurt in any...
  • The Pettiness and Arrogance of Barack Obama

    10/06/2013 4:50:32 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 37 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 10/06/13 | LD Jackson
    There will be some that may take exception to the tone this post will strike, but this is something that needs to be said. Have you ever witnessed a single politician with the ingrained pettiness we are seeing displayed from the White House. I have always felt whomever held the Office of President of the United States deserved respect. If for nothing else, for simply holding the highest office in our country. Even with Barack Obama, I have tried to show a modicum of respect for the office. That is no longer the case and my feeling has been brought...
  • “Vindictive” Park Service Inflicting Maximum Pain During Shutdown

    10/10/2013 9:35:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | October 9, 2013 | Audrey Hudson
    Aggressive actions and double standards used by the National Park Service are vindictive and designed to inflict maximum inconvenience and fear among visitors, say Republican lawmakers whose efforts to reopen the parks are gridlocked by Senate Democrats. World War II veterans were blocked by barricades and armed guards from paying tribute at their memorial last week. However, the national mall where the memorial is located was opened Tuesday to allow hundreds of illegal immigrants to stage a protest demanding amnesty. ... the administration has closed the Mall and memorials to some groups and not others, giving preferential treatment under the...
  • Obama Orders Federal Workers To “Make Life As Difficult For People As We Can”

    10/10/2013 11:52:05 AM PDT · by Maurice Tift · 55 replies
    Silver Doctors ^ | October 10, 2013 | The Doc
      Why would the president of the United States try to purposely hurt the American people? Well, in 2013 this is done in order to score political points and force the opposition in to doing what you want them to do. A few days ago, an angry Park Service ranger publicly admitted that he and his fellow rangers have been ordered to “make life as difficult for people as we can” during this government shutdown. That Park Service ranger would never have received such an order unless it came from the very top. Apparently the Obama administration plans to cause as...
  • The Park Police

    10/10/2013 2:26:49 PM PDT · by xzins · 49 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Advance, 21 Oct | Jonathan V. Last
    “We are a nation that has a government—not the other way around.”—Ronald Reagan The conduct of the National Park Service over the last week might be the biggest scandal of the Obama administration. This is an expansive claim, of course. Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the IRS, the NSA, the HHS mandate​—​this is an administration that has not lacked for appalling abuses of power. And we still have three years to go.Even so, consider the actions of the National Park Service since the government shutdown began. People first noticed what the NPS was up to when the World War II...
  • 93 House members charge Park Service is 'making up' rules to shut memorials

    10/10/2013 6:46:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 79 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10-10-2013 | Paul Bedard
    The National Park Service’s closure of the World War II and other memorials violates rules requiring them to stay open, 93 House members charge in a letter to the agency. Led by Michigan Republican Rep. Bill Huizenga, they claim that Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis is simply making up closure rules to punish the public during the government shut down and they question the costs of the random closures in Washington where not all memorials are being closed. "The National Park Service continues to act in an arbitrary and punitive manner to exclude veterans from memorials built in their honor...
  • Park Service ranger: “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can.

    10/04/2013 6:50:53 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 71 replies
    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...
  • Park Rangers Ordered to ‘Make Life Difficult’ During Shutdown

    10/04/2013 11:32:10 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 71 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 4, 2013 2:27 pm | BY: Washington Free Beacon staff
    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...
  • Obama’s Confession of Indifference: His strategy is to punish the innocent to score partisan points

    10/13/2013 3:40:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The National Review ^ | October 11, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Last week I wrote a column accusing the president of having a vindictive streak — of deliberately trying to make the lives of average Americans worse just so he could score ideological and political points. We already knew from how he handled the budget sequester that Obama liked this approach. He ordered Cabinet secretaries not to do their jobs — i.e., to manage as best they could under spending restraints — but instead to find ways to make the cuts needlessly painful for innocents caught in the Beltway crossfire. They dusted off the same playbook for the shutdown. As one...
  • Sheila Jackson Lee Suggests Martial Law to End Government Shutdown

    10/13/2013 3:48:38 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 72 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 10/13/2013 | Tim Brown
    Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), who has been rumored as being considered to replace Janet Napolitano to head the Department of Homeland Security, used some very strange language earlier this week to characterize a sentiment for a clean resolution to end the government shutdown. She labeled it a form of “martial law.” Yes, we have heard Ms. Lee say some whimsical and ridiculous things in her time in office, which I’m sure embarrass her fellow Texans, but this has to be one of the most ridiculous ones to date. She pushed that the measure was bi-partisan, including Democrats and...
  • Allen West: Obama is a Spoiled Brat, don't reward bad behavior.

    10/13/2013 6:12:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 10/12/2013 | Sarah Jean Seman
    In simply Southern terms, Allen West defined President Obama as a “spoiled brat child.” The former Florida Representative said America has given Obama everything he wanted, during an interview on the "The Steve Malzberg Show” show Thursday: “We gave him a state senator position in Chicago, we gave him a U.S. Senate position out of the state of Illinois, unproven, untested, no resume, we gave him the presidency — twice. So if you continue to reward bad behavior, you're going to get more of that bad behavior." The majority of Americans continue to accuse Republicans for the nearly-two-week-long government shutdown....
  • Judge Jeanine BLASTS the Obama administration for denying death benefits to military families

    10/13/2013 3:29:53 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    The Right Scoop via Fox News ^ | 10-12-2013 | The Right Scoop via Fox News
    Judge Jeanine delivered another fantastic monologue, blasting the administration for denying death benefits to military families. But not only that, she went after Congress as well over this entire debacle and said that every one of them needs to be thrown out for letting it come to this. Watch: