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… How Petty is This [NPS goon squad tactics]

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,October 16th,2013

.. this I picked up from CNSnews . com …

CNSNews.com) – National Park Service (NPS) rangers removed the handles from some 40 public water pumps and closed

Map of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National ...

Map of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, along the former Chesapeake and Ohio Canal between Cumberland, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

restrooms in the 184.5 mile- C&O Canal National Historical Park, but they haven’t been able to keep hikers and bikers off the popular trail known as a “cyclist’s dream.”

“It’s full every day,” said Gail Hall, who runs Mountain Side Bikes at the trailhead in Cumberland, Md. “They’re bringing in their own water and utilizing the tree-lined areas [of the park] for restrooms. Some towns like Harper’s Ferry even brought in potties to accommodate them. As long as they can pedal, they don’t care.”

Cumberland Times-News reporter Matthew Bieniek, who first reported that the handles on the park’s old-fashioned water pumps had been removed as part of the federal government shutdown, told CNSNews.com that Park Superintendent Kevin Brandt told him that the pumps had been disabled “to discourage people from attempting to use the park.”

But Michael Nardolilli, president of the non-profit C&O Canal Historical National Park Trust, which runs interpretive programs at the park’s historic lockhouses, later said that the pump handles were removed for “public health reasons.”

“The State of Maryland requires the park to monitor 40 public wells for contaminants every two weeks,” he told CNSNews.com. “When the park was shut down on October 1st, they furloughed the park employees who do the testing,” and the park was “not in compliance with Maryland water quality standards.”

Nardolilli added that C&O is home to “1,300 historical structures, more than any other unit in the National Park Service,” and “60 rare or endangered species.” He said there are currently “no eyes and ears to protect these resources” because the “handful of Park Police still on duty” are too busy patrolling the entrances to the park’s 15,000 acres in a futile attempt to keep people out.

As of Monday, there were no barriers on the footpaths in Cumberland leading to the towpath, which stretches along the Potomac River to Washington, D.C., Bieniek confirmed. “A lot of people are riding their bikes on the towpath. I have not heard about a single person being asked to leave” since the park officially closed, he added.

Nardolilli said he also has not heard any reports that people who enter the park are being arrested or given citations by park police. Neither has Hall. “No one has reported any problems,” she said.

The 150-mile Great Alleghany Passage, which runs from Pittsburgh, Penn. and joins the C&O Canal towpath in Cumberland, is run by a private non-profit and is still open as usual, Hall said. And all but a few NPS-funded campgrounds along the route are also open for business.

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, which was chartered by President James Monroe, opened in 1828 to allow horse-and mule-pulled barges to transport coal, lumber and agricultural products to Washington. It was used as a shipping lane until 1924.
.. LEC here — It is nice to see that the non – profits and the locals along the trail have picked up the ball . The trail was going to get activity , in any case  . They moved and acted to see that the visitors along the way would be taken care of , and would  not be forgotten about …

.. Northeast Ohio (where I am from) has done something fairly similar . We in Ohio have only one national park in the entire state . It is the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area , which was created in 1974 ,  and designated as a national park in 2001 .

.. It is , as you might expect , is officially “closed . ” However , the length of the recreation area is a transportation and recreation thoroughfare for folks throughout the region (Greater Cleveland and Greater Akron) … Even if they wanted to zip it up tight , they could not . Hopefully , they have not gotten this petty ,  as the National Park Service has been in the D.C./Maryland/WV/Pa region .. Boy , have they ever , from millions  of tweets …

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… Outrageous ! [NPS ShutDown tactics] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,October 10th,2013

… this one is courtesy of CBN News . The link to the video is [here] .

… these folks are running businesses . They have a right to operate . The National Park Service is the landlord , and they own the building . However , it does not entitle them to behave like a bunch of goons . These folks have a right to be in business , without the harassment of their landlord , ie. the Feds , trying to run them out of business during the shutdown …

…YORKTOWN, Va. — The shutdown of Washington has now become the battle of Yorktown.

In the same place where America fought its final battle of independence, one American businessman is refusing to bow to pressure to close up shop during the shutdown.

His story is just one example of what many view as the Obama administration’s widespread overreach during the government gridlock.

‘Battle of Yorktown’

Glenn Helseth loves serving up good food at his Carrot Tree Kitchens Restaurant in historic Yorktown — something he’s been doing for the past 11 years. But the government shutdown recently forced the eatery to close its doors.

The National Park Service owns the building he uses, so Helseth was ordered to move out within 48 hours when the government shutdown began last week.

“I was called about 9 o’clock Tuesday morning, Oct. 1,” Helseth told CBN News. “I was told I had three hours to vacate my restaurant. I was shocked and called back to say I can’t quite possibly do that.”

He was granted a three-day stay but eventually closed the restaurant. A week later, in defiance of government orders, he reopened for business. He knows the move was risky, but he considered it well worthwhile.

“I’m willing to go to jail for this,” Helseth said. “If the Parks Service wants to put me in jail because I want to honor the terms of my contract, well, I suppose they have that right.”

He says he can’t understand why he should have to close his business — something he says would hurt his bottom line.

“This is October. This is our busiest month of the year. I need October to make my year,” Helseth explained.

He also points out that during the shutdown he was still obligated to pay other expenses for the facility.

“I’m paying for the insurance on this building,” he said. “While it’s closed I’m paying for the utilities on this building. I’m paying for the security system that is protecting this building and I cannot use this building.”

His employees’ welfare is also a big concern.

“My staff is not getting any back pay,” Helseth continued. “My people aren’t getting paid for the days we missed. I need to look out for the welfare of my staff.”

Supporters Lining Up

As evidenced by the lines outside the Carrot Tree, the actions of the restaurant owner have ignited a firestorm of support, with many calling it the new battle of Yorktown.

“We’re the little man against the big government,” said supporter Lindsay Munce. “He owns a business and supports workers and he did what was right and could cause him a personal sacrifice.”

Another supporter, Williamsburg, Va., resident Heather Harmon, agreed.

“If he gets fined I’ll be the first one on the front line raising the money to pay for his fines for him,” she said. “I think it’s remarkable what he’s doing — it takes guts.”

Robert Waring of Virginia Beach, Va., says he believes the government’s treatment of Helseth is illegal.

“He’s got a lease with the government to run a business that doesn’t require Park Service to be present,” he reasoned. “They don’t work here — all he has to do is open his doors and do business.”

‘Gestapo’ Tactics

In addition to the controversy with Helseth, the National Park Service has been involved in several other incidents that have outraged Americans. For instance, the Obama administration has closed public areas that stayed open in past shutdowns.

Rangers locked a tour group, including senior citizens and foreign visitors, in a hotel as they visited Yellowstone National Park when the shutdown began.

The tour guide told the local newspaper, the Livingston Enterprise, that the Park Service used “Gestapo tactics.”

The service told Bruce O’Connell to close his inn and restaurant, the Pisgah Inn. It sits on federal land on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. Initially, he complied but then re-opened it. But the service closed him down — with armed rangers.

One angry Park Service ranger in Washington told the Washington Times, “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

The Weekly Standard said, “The conduct of the National Park Service over the last week might be the biggest scandal of the Obama administration.”

Congressional Republicans say they’re getting numerous reports on the matter and will investigate. CBN News contacted the National Park Service for an interview but the calls were not returned.

Meanwhile, Helseth has the following message for those in Washington.

“Please settle your issues so we can continue going about our business. That’s all I want to do,” he said. I want to do what we were meant to do — if I can do so now while you all continue squabbling, me alone, to sell my carrot cake.”

Helseth runs a second restaurant in Jamestown that was also forced to close.

LEC here again — may God Bless you Glenn Helseth , and hopefully you will win your battle , and the “war” …

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… A Rally on the National Mall ?? [ShutDown edition] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,October 9th,2013

.. while the government is closed ? And veterans and visitors of all stripes cannot visit the attractions and memorials that are beloved by all of us …

… from the Washington Examiner
Even though isolated barricades with “closed” signs remained on the National Mall on Tuesday, the setup for the immigration reform rally said otherwise.

A giant stage with lights and an “Immigration Reform Now” banner was set up in the center of the mall, along with three large portable screens.

On one side of the mall, more than 100 porta potties were set up for protesters who will attend the rally today.

As several groups of musicians performed sound checks, a lone National Park Service employee arrived to survey the scene, but referred me to the Park Service communications office and left when I asked her why she was called into work today.

As the Washington Examiner reported Monday, rally organizers said that they would be allowed by the NPS to carry out their protest under their First Amendment rights.

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… ShutDown & Petty [Closing the Ocean ?!?!] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,October 5th,2013

… [h/t — Mike Flynn , BigGovernment] …

.. I have heard of closing public beaches , especially those that are at public parks . But , closing the ocean ? This is a new one , that is for sure …

Just before the weekend, the National Park Service informed charter boat captains in Florida that the Florida Bay was “closed” due to the shutdown. Until government funding is restored, the fishing boats are prohibited from taking anglers into 1,100 square-miles of open ocean. Fishing is also prohibited at Biscayne National Park during the shutdown.

The Park Service will also have rangers on duty to police the ban… of access to an ocean. The government will probably use more personnel and spend more resources to attempt to close the ocean, than it would in its normal course of business.

This is governing by temper-tantrum. It is on par with the government’s ham-fisted attempts to close the DC WWII Memorial, an open-air public monument that is normally accessible 24 hours a day. By accessible I mean, you walk up to it. When you have finished reflecting, you then walk away from it.

At least that Memorial is an actual structure, with some kind of perimeter that can be fenced off. Florida Bay is the ocean. How, pray tell, do you “close” 1,100 square miles of ocean? Why would one even need to do so?

Apparently, according to an anonymous Park Service ranger, “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

Centuries ago, King Canute famously failed to command the ocean tide to stop. His display was actually a means to educate his subjects on the limits of royal power. Today, however, our President actually believes he has the power to control the oceans.

… LEC here again — I have heard of having a hissy fit , but gee whiz ….

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… Nicely Done , Bikers to D.C. !! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,September 11th,2013

… from the Washington Times

Thousands of bikers from around the country roared into the D.C. area on  Wednesday in a show of support for Sept. 11 victims and in solidarity against a  controversial Muslim rally on the Mall.

The 2 Million Bikers to DC ride might have fallen short of 2 million strong,  but the numbers were impressive. A line of shining

English: Harley Davidson Sportster, Washington DC

English: Harley Davidson Sportster, Washington DC (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

chrome and steel bikes  stretched about a third of a mile from the starting point at the Harley Davidson  of Washington store just outside the District in Prince George’s County.

The bikers began departing from the store at about 10:30 in staggered groups  of 50, stopped for traffic lights and taking an hour or so to get on the  road.

The ride was complicated by the fact that federal and local authorities  denied a permit that would have offered the riders a police escort through  traffic — a sore spot with organizers who thought the denial was for political  purposes.

“We’re here for 9-11,” said national ride coordinator Belinda Bee. “We are  going to have a peaceful ride. … But there are people who are sick and tired  of their rights and liberties being taken away.”

The National Park Service has denied any political motivation for refusing  the permit, which ride organizers sought last month. The Park Service earlier  this year granted a permit to a Muslim group planning a rally Wednesday to call  attention to social justice issues.

The American Muslim Political Action Committee has scheduled a rally to draw  attention to what they call unfair fear of Muslims after the Sept. 11 terrorist  attacks.

Ms. Bee said the ride was originally set up to counter the rally and show  respect for the victims of that day.

Dan O’Brien, 54, of Mansfield, Ohio, said he had been “looking for a ride  like this” to honor the Sept. 11 victims, but the rally also spurred him to  join.

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LEC here — the bikers did a nice job . Peaceful , reverent , and decent . Also , they nailed the Muslim extremists protesting on the National Mall right where they deserved to be hit …. in the court of Public Opinion ! Well Done !

.. especially the video link that is contained in the article . The interstate involved in this sequence is , I am willing to guess , is I – 295 , in suburban Maryland . The heavy forestation would place it just south of the District , before the Capital Beltway [I – 495] , near the new Woodrow Wilson bridge that crosses the Potomac River valley into Virginia . It is impressive , and has thousands of bikers heading into the District . For obvious reasons , the police has cleared the highway , so it is all bikers , and lots of them ………

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