Report: Armed rangers forced senior-citizen tourists to stay inside their hotel during Yellowstone visit because of shutdown

posted at 2:41 pm on October 8, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via Breitbart and Ace, who’s demanding that the National Park Service pay some sort of price for serving as “the shock troops of the punitive bureaucracy” through all of this. I’ve written similar things over the past week, and right now I can’t understand why either of us would bother. They’re not going to pay any price. We all know it. Issa will haul the director and his deputies before the Oversight Committee and they’ll mouth the requisite perfunctory regret and warnings not to judge the whole department by the behavior of a few “overzealous” rangers. Maybe someone will receive a few weeks or months of “administrative leave,” i.e. paid vacation, a la Lois Lerner, but then he’ll be quietly reinstated when no one’s paying attention anymore. News outlets and bloggers will get a few days of content out of it when the hearings are being held and then that’ll be that. Nothing will change. No lessons will be learned. No scalps will be taken. That’s how it goes now. If anything, the White House will be more reluctant to fire someone over this than they were over the IRS scandal because ranger-enforced shutdown theater helps them spread the liberal message that closing the government is an unconscionable hardship.

No one’s going to pay for this. Even if it involves a ranger with a gun warning your grandma to get back in her hotel and away from the scenery.

The bus stopped along a road when a large herd of bison passed nearby, and seniors filed out to take photos. Almost immediately, an armed ranger came by and ordered them to get back in, saying they couldn’t “recreate.” The tour guide, who had paid a $300 fee the day before to bring the group into the park, argued that the seniors weren’t “recreating,” just taking photos.

“She responded and said, ‘Sir, you are recreating,’ and her tone became very aggressive,” Vaillancourt said.

The seniors quickly filed back onboard and the bus went to the Old Faithful Inn, the park’s premier lodge located adjacent to the park’s most famous site, Old Faithful geyser. That was as close as they could get to the famous site — barricades were erected around Old Faithful, and the seniors were locked inside the hotel, where armed rangers stayed at the door.

“They looked like Hulk Hogans, armed. They told us you can’t go outside,” she said. “Some of the Asians who were on the tour said, ‘Oh my God, are we under arrest?’ They felt like they were criminals.”

Supposedly, on their way out of the park, the tour guide wanted to pull over at a dude ranch inside the perimeter so that the seniors onboard could use the restrooms there — but couldn’t, because the park rangers told the dude ranch that its license would be revoked if they permitted it. So unbelievable is all this, even by the standards of NPS behavior over the past week, that I doubted whether it was true. But there’s corroborating evidence for at least some of it: The tour guide was interviewed by a different newspaper a few days ago and accused the Park Service of — wait for it — “Gestapo tactics.”

Hodgson said in a phone interview Monday that a ranger pulled up behind the bus and told him he would have to get everyone back on the bus — recreation in Yellowstone was not allowed.

“She told me you need to return to your hotel and stay there,” Hodgson said. “This is just Gestapo tactics. We paid a lot to get in. All these people wanted to do was take some pictures.”

Hodgson said the ranger told him he could be convicted of trespassing if he disobeyed.

“The national parks belong to the people,” he said. “This isn’t right.”

He didn’t mention armed rangers outside the hotel, but he was told that “his group would not be allowed to walk on any of the boardwalks located just outside their hotel, or visit any other geyser basins in the area.” All they could do, per Hodgson, was eat dinner in the dining room, which squares with the claim that rangers wouldn’t let guests inside leave until they were ready to leave the park altogether. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can,” said an anonymous ranger to Wesley Pruden last week. Mission accomplished.

The only redress here, I think, is for tourists to sue. They’d probably lose, but it’ll be useful to know as a matter of law that national parks belong to the National Park Service and not to the public. I’m curious as can be to see a judge explain how trespassing laws don’t apply to park visitors who are engaged in “First Amendment activities” but do apply to tourist photography, which, as a somewhat artistic endeavor, would seem to fall pretty squarely within the First Amendment. At the very least, the bad press from the suit would do some much-deserved damage to the agency’s reputation. Which, it seems, they’re increasingly worried about:

Good news. Keep blogging the ugly stuff and maybe there’ll be more.


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America has been fundamentally transformed. Let’s take back what obama has stolen from us, our kids, and our grandkids.

GaltBlvnAtty on October 8, 2013 at 2:45 PM

No ‘maybe’ about it. There will be a lot more.

Resist We Much on October 8, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Did anybody really anticipate the National Park Service being Obama’s civilian military blah blah blah, or what?

Jeddite on October 8, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Speechless

VibrioCocci on October 8, 2013 at 2:47 PM

“the shock troops of the punitive bureaucracy”

To put it mildly. This is Obama bringing his “guns” to the fight. It is shocking.

The same story is also at this link so this will be getting around.

INC on October 8, 2013 at 2:49 PM

That sounds unconstitutional…

aryeung on October 8, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Is it obvious that Obama and the Dems are to blame?
Or are Republicans to blame?
Make it obvious… the Dems are responsible for this.

anotherJoe on October 8, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Rangers are no longer “stewards” of our parks but political toadies.

Blake on October 8, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Keep asking, what if this had happened under Bush. Keep demanding the Left answer.

rrpjr on October 8, 2013 at 2:50 PM

A story about a National Park Ranger that I’m waiting to hear :

“You know what, f*ck it, come on in folks, the park belongs to you and I’m not going to stop you. I signed up to be a National Park Ranger, not a government goon.”

MichaelGabriel on October 8, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Those Grandpa’s and Grandma’s need to learn to use their cell phone cameras now.

txhsmom on October 8, 2013 at 2:51 PM

F^ck Obama. Impeachment proceedings are long overdue.

ElectricPhase on October 8, 2013 at 2:51 PM

They told me that if I voted for the Republicans the Fascist Boot would stomp on innocent Grandma, and they were right!

I’d dearly love to see the usual suspects defend this. They can’t, of course. But why would they? Liberal Fascism makes libslaveanddie and verbaluce and the gang’s hearts go pitterpatter.

After all, what good is government unless you can oppress innocent people, right?

Vanceone on October 8, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Parents of HotAir: there is one very effective way you can protest this type of government overreach: pull your children out of the public schools. If the State sees the parks as its property, they see your children the same way – starve the beast.

/easiersaidthandone

King B on October 8, 2013 at 2:52 PM

I don’t even know what to say. The sad thing is, if I were to bring this up to the people around me, they’d shake their heads like it was bad and then go back to putting their heads in the sand.

Sometimes I feel like the only one around me to cares about what’s going on.

ConDem on October 8, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Have we gotten to the step where we report or friends, family, and neighbors for not being loyal to the President?

Murphy9 on October 8, 2013 at 2:53 PM

I’ve posted this several times. No funding for the NPS without the contingency that the senior leadership be fired. They clearly have been bad stewards. They’ve tried to shut down the ocean. They’re threatening Americans to the point of civil rights abuses. And they’ve done it all for partisan political reasons.

Happy Nomad on October 8, 2013 at 2:54 PM

*who cares

ConDem on October 8, 2013 at 2:54 PM

our*

Murphy9 on October 8, 2013 at 2:54 PM

So, now obama and his armed thugs are taking hostages?

This is an outright act of TERRORISM. IMPEACH / ARREST obama now!

Pork-Chop on October 8, 2013 at 2:54 PM

“Just following orders”

tetriskid on October 8, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Ah, I see the jackboots have arrived.

squint on October 8, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Have we gotten to the step where we report or friends, family, and neighbors for not being loyal to the President?

Murphy9 on October 8, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Isn’t the AttackWatch website still up and running?

aryeung on October 8, 2013 at 2:55 PM

How much does it cost the government when someone clicks a picture of an animal ?

burrata on October 8, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Did anybody really anticipate the National Park Service being Obama’s civilian military blah blah blah, or what?

Jeddite on October 8, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Makes you wonder who DHS was buying all that ammo for.

Happy Nomad on October 8, 2013 at 2:56 PM

How much does it cost the government when someone clicks a picture of an animal ?

burrata on October 8, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Well, the government did build the camera and give it to us… so, hmmmm, a lot?

aryeung on October 8, 2013 at 2:57 PM

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who followed Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, defended the president, thanking him for making an exception to the shutdown and “enabling us to gather here.”

She also said veterans told her the administration “bent over backwards” to allow them to visit the World War II Memorial on the mall, which has been the site of several clashes between the public and park rangers since the shutdown began.

Thanks, Maerose, for admitting what we already knew.

Resist We Much on October 8, 2013 at 2:57 PM

The seniors quickly filed back onboard and the bus went to the Old Faithful Inn, the park’s premier lodge located adjacent to the park’s most famous site, Old Faithful geyser. That was as close as they could get to the famous site — barricades were erected around Old Faithful, and the seniors were locked inside the hotel, where armed rangers stayed at the door.

Did Obama order Old Faithful to stop erupting? Afterall, he does a bang-up job on lowering sea levels.

Bitter Clinger on October 8, 2013 at 2:57 PM

I read the ranger forums. Some are worried about their public image while others carry water for barry. If they were worried after last weeks blackeyes, I can’t wait to read what they think after they see Drudge. lol

Blake on October 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

All these things happening recently are both trial balloons and ways to test the real-world interplay of fascist power and the people. The fascists are attempting to condition us to new uses of power, to extend the boundaries of our tolerances, to inculcate fear of power and then, as it plays out, gratitude for its suspension. This is the master-slave, supplicant-benefactor syndrome.

Everything they do is about advancing their own power. What they don’t know and want to discover, is how far they can push. The shutdown is an opportunity in more ways than one for the fascists; it’s a great laboratory to practice and refine their fascism.

rrpjr on October 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

They’ll let 1/3 of the park burn down because it’s natural, but if these retirees step off of the marked trail….double tap!

WryTrvllr on October 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

A story about a National Park Ranger that I’m waiting to hear :

“You know what, f*ck it, come on in folks, the park belongs to you and I’m not going to stop you. I signed up to be a National Park Ranger, not a government goon.”

MichaelGabriel on October 8, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Me, too.

jix on October 8, 2013 at 3:01 PM

barricades were erected around Old Faithful, and the seniors were locked inside the hotel, where armed rangers stayed at the door.

Atleast Hussein’s goons didn’t tie up seniors to wheel-chairs and throw them off a cliff
/Carney

burrata on October 8, 2013 at 3:01 PM

The only redress here, I think, is for tourists to sue.

I disagree.
With our federal park rangers turning into power-mad jackboot thugs like these, when they do this to someone other than some feeble elderly tourists, someone is going to fight back – and shots will likely be fired.
The only question is – Who will fire the first shot?
If someone fights back, will the rangers actually start shooting tourists?

dentarthurdent on October 8, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Thank you, President Killjoy…

Khun Joe on October 8, 2013 at 3:01 PM

How much does it cost the government when someone clicks a picture of an animal ?

burrata on October 8, 2013 at 2:56 PM

A lot.

You need to remember that before 2008 nothing existed until our God King President breathed life into the barren earth.

Gatsu on October 8, 2013 at 3:01 PM

At the very least, the bad press from the suit would do some much-deserved damage to the agency’s reputation. Which, it seems, they’re increasingly worried about

They should be worried.

They should be very worried. Regardless of whether anyone actually sues the Park Service, they have besmirched their own reputation with their Gestapo tactics on Obama’s behalf.

The American people are watching you, Park Service. And We are not amused.

AZCoyote on October 8, 2013 at 3:01 PM

No lessons will be learned

How about…”give a goof a uniform and a gubment pay cheque and you got a nazi”.

BL@KBIRD on October 8, 2013 at 3:02 PM

“She responded and said, ‘Sir, you are recreating,’ and her tone became very aggressive,”

What are they doing, a bad Monty Python skit? Seriously who the heck uses words like that? I will bet my next retirement check that word came out in an email from someone way up top.

Johnnyreb on October 8, 2013 at 3:03 PM

They told me that if I voted for the Republicans the Fascist Boot would stomp on innocent Grandma, and they were right!

I’d dearly love to see the usual suspects defend this. They can’t, of course. But why would they? Liberal Fascism makes libslaveanddie and verbaluce and the gang’s hearts go pitterpatter.

After all, what good is government unless you can oppress innocent people, right?

Vanceone on October 8, 2013 at 2:52 PM

“Jackboots to human faces forever” is their goal, never forget that.

ebrown2 on October 8, 2013 at 3:03 PM

The picture of Yellowstone gets me thinking that if this shutdown goes on for months… there’s going to be effective pressure to get this type of thing open, either through Senate action, or by squeezing Obama’s policy to get these inexpensive things functional despite the shutdown.

This is why we should win the shutdown fight. Eventually people say “open Yellowstone (and etc), don’t hold Yellowstone hostage to Obamacare.”

anotherJoe on October 8, 2013 at 3:03 PM

I read the ranger forums. Some are worried about their public image while others carry water for barry. If they were worried after last weeks blackeyes, I can’t wait to read what they think after they see Drudge. lol

Blake on October 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Thanks for mentioning Drudge. This is his front and center news at the moment.

http://www.drudgereport.com/

He’s linking to:

http://www.newburyportnews.com/local/x1442580373/Gestapo-tactics-meet-senior-citizens-at-Yellowstone

INC on October 8, 2013 at 3:04 PM

“Just following orders”

tetriskid on October 8, 2013 at 2:54 PM

We all know that didn’t fly at Nuremberg, so I feel completely free to rip on these jerks.

Othniel on October 8, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Can we have “our” military take out “their” NPS?

HICON on October 8, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Obama….they bring walkers and canes to a fight we bring guns….

Caseoftheblues on October 8, 2013 at 3:05 PM

They’ll let 1/3 of the park burn down because it’s natural, but if these retirees step off of the marked trail….double tap!

WryTrvllr on October 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

You know death is natural, too. Who woulda thought Yellowstone would be turned into a death panel /s (?)

aryeung on October 8, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Nothing would happen unless one of the Park Police goes too far and seriously wounds or kills someone. Maybe, MAYBE, that would get national notice.

My theory is that, in America past, you had “legitimate avenues of consequence”. Someone committed a criminal wrong, you file charges, arrest him, have the trial, issue the punishment. Committed a tort? Sue them, obtain damages. Vote failing politicians out of office, bring charges for impeachment, shame them in the press, etc.

All of those are eroding. There is no consequence anymore, at least for those in power. Day in, day out, one scandal after another, constant “daily fresh outrages”. They fear nothing.

This administration won’t face any criminal justice. Barry won’t be impeached for any action short of killing a toddler on the White House lawn, because votes are devalued, faked and bought, judges are partisan, the media is complicit, etc., etc.

Barry and da Boyz know they are “bullet-proof”, so it makes them bold. It turns petty thugs into dictators.

This article bemoans that these terrible things happen, and nothign is done? Why is nothing done? What options exist besides those usually utilized?

You can’t foster this type of demoralization without creating dangerous circumstances where people see no relief, they see nothign to lose, so they act.

When the legitimate avenues of consequence fail or are foreclosed to, the illegitimate avenues of consequence get utilized. When THAT happens, things get very bad, very quick.

Saltyron on October 8, 2013 at 3:06 PM

“She responded and said, ‘Sir, you are recreating,’ and her tone became very aggressive,”

What are they doing, a bad Monty Python skit? Seriously who the heck uses words like that? I will bet my next retirement check that word came out in an email from someone way up top.

Johnnyreb on October 8, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Sure bet. I’ve never heard anyone talk like that.

The head of NPS is an Obama appointee (also a global warming believer). I’m sure he’s carrying out his orders with glee.

INC on October 8, 2013 at 3:06 PM

As if it even needs to be said, but still…..”Imagine if this was happening under a GOP President.”

Good Solid B-Plus on October 8, 2013 at 3:07 PM

I hope that all of the victims are Obama voters.

cajunpatriot on October 8, 2013 at 3:08 PM

The media is the root of the problem yet again.

If MOST of America could actually see these problems and think about them the Democrats would be DESTROYED. This would not stand.

But even my conservative friends do not hear these stories. This is only in the blogosphere.

Until we take on the media the best we can hope for is not to lose.

Are we just observers watching our country crumble or are we fighters?

GardenGnome on October 8, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Parents of HotAir: there is one very effective way you can protest this type of government overreach: pull your children out of the public schools. If the State sees the parks as its property, they see your children the same way – starve the beast.

/easiersaidthandone

King B on October 8, 2013 at 2:52 PM

All four of our children are in private schools here in the Baltimore area. No way in hell am I giving them over to public schools.

Let. It. Burn.

nukemhill on October 8, 2013 at 3:08 PM

1. NOW we know why the Federal Government has been buying up all those rounds of ammo.
2. I’m surprised some ambulance-chasing enterprising young lawyer hasn’t sued the park service for imprisoning tourists in their hotel . . . . . someone . . . . anyone . . . . . Bueller?

olesparkie on October 8, 2013 at 3:08 PM

“wrongful removal or retention” ?

Tsar of Earth on October 8, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Shame on anyone who was involved in this. I now understand how the Nazis came to power. Don’t follow these orders. For Gods sake wheres these peoples morality?

neyney on October 8, 2013 at 3:08 PM

The USA now has Secret Police. They go by the name National Park Service Rangers.

Bear on October 8, 2013 at 3:09 PM

I hope that all of the victims are Obama voters.

cajunpatriot on October 8, 2013 at 3:08 PM

It seems that many of those targeted belong in demographics that don’t vote for Obama on average.

aryeung on October 8, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Wonder what fireworks will happen once the truckers hit DC? Speaking of which, I saw my first “Impeach Obama” highway overpass signs yesterday.

txhsmom on October 8, 2013 at 3:10 PM

A story about a National Park Ranger that I’m waiting to hear :

“You know what, f*ck it, come on in folks, the park belongs to you and I’m not going to stop you. I signed up to be a National Park Ranger, not a government goon.”

MichaelGabriel on October 8, 2013 at 2:50 PM

I’m beginning to believe we’ll never see anything like this in America.

rrpjr on October 8, 2013 at 3:10 PM

I hope that all of the victims are Obama voters.

cajunpatriot on October 8, 2013 at 3:08 PM

This story was written up from Newbury Port MA. Evidently the woman interviewed in from Salisbury MA. IMO the fact that she’s from a deep blue state will help spread the story.

INC on October 8, 2013 at 3:11 PM

rrpjr on October 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Fascists need targets everyone else can hate. Who fits that bill here?

If any of this were reported on honestly by the MSM Obama would be begging for a deal to end the shutdown. As it is now it is a slow trickle of awful news for this administration that does nothing to shore up his position. People will not get behind this kind of treatment against fellow Americans, especially the elderly and veterans. The vast majority of people are not brainfreeordie.

NotCoach on October 8, 2013 at 3:12 PM

The National Parks Service is getting a real black eye for serving as Obama’s Gestapo.

bw222 on October 8, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Meanwhile the Congressional Gyms remain open.

bw222 on October 8, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Did anybody really anticipate the National Park Service being Obama’s civilian military blah blah blah, or what would be the trigger of the next American Revolution?

Jeddite on October 8, 2013 at 2:47 PM

FIFY :)

Seriously. This has the subtle, yet distinct, odor of a tipping point.

Tsar of Earth on October 8, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Progressive Theodore Roosevelt might even be appalled that the NPS was used this way.

Murphy9 on October 8, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Are these the same Park Rangers that we supposedly don’t have the money to pay to just let people in and look at the scenery? I mean, if the Rangers are already there, isn’t that the reason the Gummint closed the parks?

Spiteful b*stards trying to show us who’s boss; jerking the leash to remind us that they hold the power.

Texan on October 8, 2013 at 3:14 PM

“She responded and said, ‘Sir, you are recreating,’ and her tone became very aggressive,” Vaillancourt said.

“She told me you need to return to your hotel and stay there,”

Sounds like someone likes their job just a little too much. Wonder if she has nice little 14k Swastika collar pins.

antipc on October 8, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Woody Guthrie: “This land is your land. This land is my land.
Barack Hussein Obama: This land is not your land. This land is my land.

kingsjester on October 8, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Don’t the Park Rangers wear those pretty brown shirts?

oldleprechaun on October 8, 2013 at 3:17 PM

I read the ranger forums. Some are worried about their public image while others carry water for barry. If they were worried after last weeks blackeyes, I can’t wait to read what they think after they see Drudge. lol

Blake on October 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

They need to be worried. It is amazing that Park/Forest Rangers are dutifully, unquestioningly carrying out obama’s orders. Now that they have begun taking hostages at gunpoint, Rangers will be viewed as nothing but members of obama’s ‘Thug Army’ from now on. This won’t turn out well – for anyone.

Pork-Chop on October 8, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Governors need to cut the roads and utilities to the “closed” Parks.
See how long that lasts.

Hotel1 on October 8, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Can’t find a link to the story in the Livingston Enterprise. Does anyone have it to pass along?

jix on October 8, 2013 at 3:18 PM

The National Parks Service is getting a real black eye for serving as Obama’s Gestapo.

bw222 on October 8, 2013 at 3:12 PM

On the contrary, NPS goons will wear it as a badge of honor.

burrata on October 8, 2013 at 3:18 PM

I can’t decide which is worse:

(1) Making senior citizens pee in their pants and letting foreign visitors to the US fear they are under arrest.

(2) Stranding children at school by closing the road to their homes.

The administration should issue the NPS new uniforms. That ranger green color is all wrong. Brown shirts will go better with their new duties.

CJ on October 8, 2013 at 3:19 PM

This is starting to get scary. At the rate things are deteriorating, I’m half-bracing for a standoff situation in a national park somewhere by the end of the month.

No one’s going to pay for this. Even if it involves a ranger with a gun warning your grandma to get back in her hotel and away from the scenery.

Then maybe we have to get used to the idea that no government thug will ever pay for his misdeeds unless concerned citizens start finding creative ways to make his life uncomfortable instead of waiting for his employers to do it. No weapons and no violence — just start looking for ways to cut him down to size. Or at least let the world know who he is.

Aitch748 on October 8, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Yeah but don’t worry we will fix this in the next election.

LOL if anyone still believes that.

bgibbs1000 on October 8, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Just following orders.

Said every Nazi soldier ever.

ButterflyDragon on October 8, 2013 at 3:20 PM

At least these Gestapo didn’t deploy their German Sheppard attack dogs.

#so progressive!

Terp Mole on October 8, 2013 at 3:20 PM

I spend too much time drawing on the computer (for work), so I don’t have much time or energy for doing Photoshop images. If I did, I’d work this one up:

An image of Smokey the Bear, snarling and growling, wearing a neo-nazi armband, pointing a rifle at a group of cowering senior citizens. The caption :

“Get off of my lawn”.

MichaelGabriel on October 8, 2013 at 3:23 PM

I can’t decide which is worse:

(1) Making senior citizens pee in their pants and letting foreign visitors to the US fear they are under arrest.

(2) Stranding children at school by closing the road to their homes.

The administration should issue the NPS new uniforms. That ranger green color is all wrong. Brown shirts will go better with their new duties.

CJ on October 8, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Harry Reid just submitted a new bill to the Senate to do just that, plus a name change.

The name change is the SS-NPS, and the bill is tiled Nuremberg Chicagoberg Law.

NotCoach on October 8, 2013 at 3:23 PM

I liken these tactics to a wife-beater. Instead of the dude saying “see what you made me do to you” it’s “see what you Republicans made me do!” It’s the tactic of blame the victim…

yubley on October 8, 2013 at 3:23 PM

The name change is the SS-NPS, and the bill is tiled Nuremberg Chicagoberg Law.

NotCoach on October 8, 2013 at 3:23 PM

NotCoach on October 8, 2013 at 3:23 PM

It’s about time for some massive, coordinated demonstrations at some designated parks and monuments.

Everyone needs a sign or t-shirt declaring that they are exercising their 1st Amendment rights.

The flip sides could display pithy political opinions, for example describing President Stompyfoot’s job performance, character, ancestry or personal habits.

novaculus on October 8, 2013 at 3:23 PM

One day historians will look back and wonder what the hell were the American people thinking electing this petulant manchild as president.

Why the shutdown scares the petty vindictive little man Barack Obama

http://www.imperfectamerica.com

imperfectamerica on October 8, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Oops! Just realized it was the different newspaper linked in the post. o–0

jix on October 8, 2013 at 3:24 PM

So anyone on FNC covered Hussein’s Nazi Park Service and their atrocities on seniors yet ?
What if some old lady had a medical emergency ? What would the Nazi PS have done ? Confiscated the cell phones of guests so that they couldn’t call for an ambulance?

burrata on October 8, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Barry’s latest brownshirt brigade.

National(Socialist) Park Service

Terp Mole on October 8, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Don’t look at the pretty flowers. Look at the guns and badges.

How these flikkin park rangers live with themselves is beyond my comprehension.

REVOLT. MASSIVE REVOLT!

patman77 on October 8, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Did anybody really anticipate the National Park Service being Obama’s civilian military blah blah blah, or what?

Jeddite on October 8, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Why do you think all these departments are buying hundreds of millions of cartridges?

slickwillie2001 on October 8, 2013 at 3:27 PM

As long as the sheeple continue to be herded around bleating “no fair, no fair”, this administration will get away with this thugery from the Spite house. Civil disobedience is the only way this will end.

iamsaved on October 8, 2013 at 3:27 PM

The head of NPS, Jon Jarvis, was appointed by Obama to applause from enviro and cultural sensitivity groups.

Enough said.

PattyJ on October 8, 2013 at 3:28 PM

‘Obama Armed ‘Gestapo’ Hold Senior-Citizens ‘Hostage’ At Yellow Stone’

———————

Why Stop HERE — Someone Needs To Create A Site Listing All of Obama’s Abuses & Crimes Against the American People. Here’s a short list so far, from Media Headines:

1. Refusal to Fund NIH / Treatments for 200 Children Suffering From Cancer
– Harry Reid did pass a bill to establish dates for a ‘National Chess Week’, though

2. Closed, Barricaded, & Guarded The World War II Memorial to keep WWII Vets Out
– Obama allows Amnesty Rally on National Mall During Gov’t Shutdown

3. Furloughed Military Chaplains Not Allowed to Work for Free
– Threatened to ARREST Chaplains Who Give Sermons / Hold Mass
– National Park Rangers Ordered To Make Shutdown as Difficult as Possible

4. Park Rangers Close Marinas / Access to Water – Business Stops In Florida Keys
– Obama ‘Closes’ the Ocean: No Commercial Fishermen, tours Allowed
– Americans’ Tax Dollars Used to Pay Rangers to Keep Private Business Closed
5. Obama Blacks Out Sports, Entertainment Programming to Overseas Troops
– More Disrespect to Military on Display

6. Obama Closes D-Day Memorial
– Obama Orders 24 Military Cemeteries Closed, to Include Normandy Site

7. Obama Tries to Close Privately-Funded Mt. Vernon
– Obama Orders Closure of PRIVATELY OWNED historical sites

8. Obama Closes Over 100 Privately-Managed Parks That Cost No Money to Run
– ‘Spread the Wealth? How About Spread the PAIN’ – Americans Under Siege’

9. Obama Closes Self-Sustaining Colonial Farm It Hasn’t Supported Since 1980
– ‘Another Privately Funded Site Ordered Closed by Obama’

10. Obama Tries to Close State-Run Parks in Wisconsin
– ‘Administration Continues to Punish Americans for GOP Opposition’

11. 80/77yo Couple Forced From Home on Lake Mead Due to Shutdown
– ‘Seriously? Threatening Their social Security Not Enough?’

12. Obama Rejects Arizona Offer to Pay for Grand Canyon To Remain Open During Shutdown
– ‘Obama Doles Out Obamacare Exemptions But no American Exemption from Shutdown Pain’

13. ‘Five For fighting’ Singer Shoved Out of Jefferson Memorial By Guards
– ‘Obama Muscle’ Evicts Americans From THEIR Monuments’

14. ‘Police Reportedly Arrest Veterans After They Refuse to Leave Viet Nam Memorial’
– ‘Veterans’ Sacrifices Disrespected – More Vets Punished For Honoring Fallen’

15. ‘Rangers, Flashing Car Lights, To Ticket PA Man $100 for Running at Shut Down Valley Forge’
– ‘Obama: ‘None Shall Pass!’

16. ‘Administration Shuts Down Amber Alert System’
– ‘Missing , Endangered children Not an Obama Priority’
– ‘DOJ Re-Instates Amber Alert system After Public Outcry’

17. ‘Democrats Unwilling to Negotiate – Reid wants Complete GOP Surrender’ Administration
– ‘Obama not ready For Benghazi ‘3am Phone call’…or To Sit Down with GOP Over Shutdown’

18. ‘Obama Administration Admits Obamacare Web Site Technical Problems Worse Than They Thought’
– ‘Internet Virus Protection Creator: “Who the H#ll Designed This System, Some Child? Millions of Cases of Identity Theft coming.”
– ‘Thousand Of Americans’ info Already Stolen by Hackers’
– ‘Fake Sites Designed to Steal Personal Info / IDs Popping up’

19. ‘PARK RANGERS TURN ‘GESTAPO’
– ‘Armed Rangers FORCED Senior-Citizens to Stay Inside Their Hotel During Yellowstone Visit Due to Shutdown
– ‘Obama Gestapo Holds Senior Citizens ‘Hostage’

20. ‘Uniter in Chief’ wo Said Raising debt Ceiling Doesn’t Mean You Plan to Spend’ Now Engaged in More Vicious Name-Calling’
– ‘Obama Calls GOP, Boehner, ‘Kidnappers’, ‘Arsonists’, ‘Deadbeats’
– ‘If You Engage In Name-calling, You have Already Lost the Argument’

21. Administration: “Average American Adult Dumber Than Average human”

22. Nancy Pelosi Thanks Obama Publicly for Special Treatment for Her district During Shut Down’

23. Senator Obama Voted Against Debt Ceiling Increase, ‘Irresponsible for our Future’
– President Obama Has added Approx $7 Trillion and Responsible for 1st Credit Rating Downgrade, Now Demands Another Debt Ceiling Increase’

easyt65 on October 8, 2013 at 3:28 PM

We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set.

We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.

mad saint jack on October 8, 2013 at 3:29 PM

These aren’t the brownshirts. These are the greenshirts. Eco Fascism with guns. I’m sure Al Gore is high fiving Obama right now.

Want to bet that the “elite” get to use the national parks? The Democratic Elite, of Course…. and maybe John McCain.

Vanceone on October 8, 2013 at 3:30 PM

No trolls here either ?
What’s going on ;-)

burrata on October 8, 2013 at 3:30 PM

So we don’t have enough money/rangers to keep the parks open, but we have more than enough to blockade the parks and keep people trapped in hotels? That’s the story?

JeremiahJohnson on October 8, 2013 at 3:31 PM

That’s the problem with Law Enforcement and EMS (and any authority, for that matter). Sometimes, they attract candidates with exactly the wrong temperament and ambitions. Sometimes, the candidates get hired.

It seems the lower the position, the smaller the Napolean.

Tsar of Earth on October 8, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Wonder what fireworks will happen once the truckers hit DC? Speaking of which, I saw my first “Impeach Obama” highway overpass signs yesterday.

txhsmom on October 8, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Honestly, I hope they raise the roof off the place. No justice, no peace!

Rational Thought on October 8, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Now weren’t these seniors there to peaceably assemble? Why did the NPS try to stop that?

Don’t just sue… that is a civil rights violation. And as they were there ‘recreating’ when the government didn’t want them to, that is also a free speech issue as they were there to bring attention to the fact that the federal government is trying to make ‘recreation’ illegal on public lands.

That is really bad stewardship on the part of the federal government in its oversight of public lands for the public.

The State Legislatures should really get involved in that and rescind the purchases. Or declare eminent domain because of such poor stewardship, that it is obvious that the federal government can’t do its duties to the people and that the States can do a better job of it.

I’m letting my state Legislators, both Delegate and Senator, know that. All it takes is the first piece of legislation to start the process. And then things get very interesting.

ajacksonian on October 8, 2013 at 3:33 PM

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