Posts Tagged ‘2013 Government Shutdown’

From the Newbury Port News:

‘Gestapo’ tactics meet senior citizens at Yellowstone

NEWBURYPORT — 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 tourists were treated harshly by armed park employees, she said, so much so that some of the foreign tourists with limited English skills thought they were under arrest.

When finally allowed to leave, the bus was not allowed to halt at all along the 2.5-hour trip out of the park, not even to stop at private bathrooms that were open along the route.

Welcome to Obama’s America.

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“We’ve become a country of fear, guns and control,” said Vaillancourt, who grew up in Lawrence. “It was like they brought out the armed forces. Nobody was saying, ‘we’re sorry,’ it was all like — ” as she clenched her fist and banged it against her forearm.

Vaillancourt took part in a nine-day tour of western parks and sites along with about four dozen senior citizen tourists. One of the highlights of the tour was to be Yellowstone, where they arrived just as the shutdown went into effect.

Rangers systematically sent visitors out of the park, though some groups that had hotel reservations — such as Vaillancourt’s — were allowed to stay for two days. Those two days started out on a sour note, she said.

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.

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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.”

yellowstone national socialist park 2HotAir has a few more comments on it here, as the story continues to get worse.

There are other individual anecdotal stories around the web, and those contacting locals have seen that the Park Service is every bit as harsh as they are portrayed.

In my neck of the woods, a large National Recreation Area has been closed, and park police patrols have been upped, and park law enforcement is taking a more visible, aggressive stance.  Not a useful stance, either, as the only people being kept out are US citizens.  Illegal aliens are still crossing through National Parks and Recreation Areas.  Park service isn’t there to stop them, just you.

On a lighter note, yes, it’s fun to poke fun at the Obama administration by using the same imagery thrown at Bush.  I don’t remember Bush ever having his minions stuff old people into the Old Faithful Inn at gunpoint, though, so I’m going to go with this being warranted.

On the darker note, this does indicate that civil servants are now being used as tools of oppression against the citizenry.  As Allahpundit notes at HA, it’s very telling that the foreign visitors thought they were under arrest… which realistically, they were.

Oregon Shutdown

Posted: October 7, 2013 by ShortTimer in Humor
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Only You

Posted: October 7, 2013 by ShortTimer in Humor
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Heard it on the radio this morning.  Then saw it across the web today.  At Jawa Report & Gateway Pundit, they note that Amber Alert was down, but Michelle Obama’s website for kids eating is up.

I’m posting now at 1139 CST, and the DOJ’s Amber Alert is back up, only after scrutiny and pressure… and “bad press and confusion“.

After being taken down, officially because of the government shutdown, the federal website dealing with alerts about abducted children – AmberAlert.gov – was restored Monday morning.

Even lying Democrats can’t get away with saying they’re the party of compassion when Harry Reid justifies specifically denying kids medical treatment and Eric Holder’s DOJ kills the Amber Alert system for missing children out of spite.

From NBC in DC:

Like the hundreds of World War II veterans who came to National Mall to pay their respects this week, a group of Vietnam veterans found a barricade blocking the way to their memorial Friday. News4’s Mark Segraves said two U.S. Park Service Rangers manning the gate asked that the group respect the government’s shutdown but moved aside.

Segraves described the exchange as pleasant and respectful.

The veterans then moved the barricade and walked down to the wall to pay their respects. But a flood of tourists followed even though the memorial is closed to the general public.

“The consensus among the group of Vietnam veterans was we’re going to go anyway. We’ll go through the barricade,” North Carolina resident Reid Mendenhall said.

U.S. Park Police arrive to the scene, asked everyone to leave and put the barricade back into place.

First the WW2 Memorial, now The Wall That Heals is being used by Obama to inflict the most pain possible during the shutdown.  As the Park Service official quoted before said: “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can.  It’s disgusting.”

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Update: Drudge just picked up the story from Weekly Standard, who got it from Professor Jacobson at Legal Insurrection, who picked it up from us here.  Thanks for helping get the story out and thanks for the link, Professor!

The National Park Service website (www.nps.gov) greets you with this:

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NASA (www.nasa.gov) doesn’t even have a department-specific shutdown notice, it’s just gone:

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The blank USA.gov message covers a lot of other government websites as well.  NASA sites beyond the main page are also redirected to the shutdown message.

The Forest Service ( http://www.fs.fed.us/ ) greets you with this:

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The USGS ( http://www.usgs.gov/ ) greets you with this:

shutdown usgs messageNOAA ( www.noaa.gov ) greets you with this:

shutdown noaa messageWhat a whiny, bitter thing to order done.

This is intentional, just like closing the WW2 Memorial.  This also insults the citizenry, who are still paying taxes for services no longer being received.  You’re not going to get back a few day’s worth of taxes at the end of the year because the government was “shut down”.  The taxpayers are still paying for the services that government is intentionally denying just to score political points.

At least with the websites, the act of shutting them down is merely spiteful and vindictive in nature, but inexpensive, unlike the barrycades erected at taxpayer expense.

What’s also noteworthy is that sites for the TSA:

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Dept of Energy:

shutdown doe message

Dept of Education:

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And HUD:

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…were all up, but simply noted that they might not be up to date.

So it’s not the cost involved, it’s that people use sites like NOAA for weather, and (almost) everybody loves NASA.  Visible parts of government that people like are shut down, less visible and/or useless parts or those that people don’t like stay up.

Obama has no desire for negotation in the budget debate, only capitulation by the House Republicans. In not so many words, blaming the House, he spells it all out as the Republican’s fault to government employees in this government-wide email:

Shutdown Message 1a

Shutdown Message 2a

PDF Version here: Message_from_the_President_to_U.S._Government_Employees

Interpreted/translated:

Lip service.

Big government is big.

…Congress has failed to meet its responsibility to pass a budget before the fiscal year that begins today.

I want you to know that I will keep working to get Congress to reopen the Government, restart vital services that the American people depend on, and allow public servants who have been sent home to return to work.  At my direction, your agencies should have reached out to you by now about what a shutdown means for you and your families.

It’s all Congress’s fault.  I will do everything good, they do everything bad.  The services shut down are all their fault.  I will protect you and your family.

Lip service lip service.

You do all this in a political climate that, too often in recent years, has treated you like a punching bag.  You have endured three years of a Federal pay freeze, harmful sequester cuts, and now, a shutdown of our Government.  …

None of this is fair to you.  …

Blame blame blame, you’re a victim of Congress.  Blame blame blame, sequester was mine and Jack Lew’s idea, but I’ll blame Congress again; shutdown is because I won’t negotiate and accept individual spending bills, but I’ll blame them.

Lip service lip service, big government good!  Lip service.

Quoting another president to seem non-partisan, setting up for the next “House Republicans are to blame”.

This shutdown was completely preventable.  It should not have happened.  And the House of Representatives can end it as soon as it follows the Senate’s lead, and funds your work in the United States Government without trying to attach highly controversial and partisan measures in the process.

It’s Congress’ and the Republicans’ fault.  Senate good, Congress bad.  It’s partisan to represent your constituents.  People who oppose any part of government oppose all of government.

Lip service.

And I will continue to do everything in my power to get the House of Representatives to allow the Government to reopen as quickly as possible, and make sure you receive the pay that you have earned.

Me I me I me I.  I will do this for you.  Trust in me.  Republicans in Congress did this to you, I will save you.

Lip service for your service.

First, a quote from the Washington Times:

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.

The Republicans, fighting with smaller-bore weaponry, keep trying to get some things reopened with carefully targeted legislation. The Senate, under the thumbs of Sen. Harry Reid and the White House, refuses to budge from the trivial and the petty.

Sure, Harry Reid is under pressure from the White House to not budge, but that’s because the White House is out to harm the public in order to create “optics”, in this case, the illusion that government shutdown is painful and hurtful.

We’ve seen WWII veterans blocked from the WWII memorial, which was paid for almost entirely by private donations.  And again, we’ve seen sections of the Mount Vernon parking lots and the bus turn-around closed just to inconvenience the public (and you know it’s bad when Infowars has a credible, objective news story).

John McCormack at the Weekly Standard went by the WWII memorial today and found the barricades had been wired together to stop people from entering.  This is deliberate.  You can see how deliberate by comparing the WWII memorial to the WWI memorial:

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Admittedly, it ain’t much wire, but it’s the thought that counts.

Compared to:

ww1 memorial closed(Update: Technically, that’s the 2nd ID Memorial – apparently the McCormack and plenty of others assumed it was the WWI memorial.  I assumed it was a WWI memorial, just one on the other side of the city.  The DC WWI Memorial is a small dome, but it’s not a national memorial, it’s a District of Columbia memorial.  One of the only major WWI memorials in the US is the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, which as their website notes, is open.)

In addition to this, the US Normandy cemeteries are closed, open areas of rivers that are unmonitored and never closed are intentionally closed, and the reason from the Democrats?  “Because we have a Tea Party.

As a supporter of the Tea Party, I can explain Chuck Schumer’s statement.  He means to say, “We’re doing this to you because we have a Tea Party to destroy, and we’ll blame them for every tyrannical action we take against you.”

The Tea Party, founded to oppose government waste, would not be in favor in any way shape or form of spending money and man-hours to close locations that require no staffing, no monitoring, no observation, and that function year-round with no government.  Schumer is arguing the Obama administration’s actions – they are spending money to close things that cost no money.

Those barricades, as seen in the picture, are rented.  Who’s paying for those?  If the government’s shut down, there’s no reason to spend money on barricades to close access to something that requires no funding, no monitoring, no observation, no staff, nothing.

Again, they closed a river:

Galletta, hunched over his computer at Bighorn Anglers fly shop, had been fielding calls all Wednesday morning from his out-of-state fly-fishing clients who were concerned about whether they would have access to the upper Bighorn — the most popular section of the stream, and the area where the government shutdown Tuesday took the form of 8-foot long concrete barriers that blocked access.  …

“They closed something down that they never monitored all year long,” said Rick Law at the Bighorn Trout Shop.

He said the nearby Park Service contact station, where anglers pay a fee to launch their boats at the federal sites, had been empty all summer and he never saw a Park Service employee picking up trash or even enforcing the parking rules.

“I could see it if they had people up here working, monitoring and picking up trash, but they’re not,” Law said.

Others, like longtime fishing guide Richard Montella, questioned whether the agency even had the right to close the sites, since they aren’t part of the nearby federally managed Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.

“The worst of it is, we’re paying for this service,” he said. “To put it really bluntly, these people have nothing to do here.”

Oh, they do.  They’re there to make life as difficult as possible, and to get people like the California tourist quoted in the story upset at Republicans for opposing a tyrannical law.