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Don’t Blame The National Park Rangers

October 20, 2013

Some really good people have been getting a bum rap during the past few weeks....

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Oct-20-13 7:13 AM

With the government hostage situation temporarily eased we can only hope that any unnecessary TeaParty inspired mayhem in the future is devoid of the shameful and in-your-face aggressive banter directed at the female WWII Memorial ranger by the elected Tea extremist Randy Neugebauer.

Although this radical cult-like faction somehow believes its extreme actions to be justified based on messages delivered to them from the burning bush, our country's civility in times of political discord needs takes precedent, and perhaps the Tea faction should revisit Etiquette 101 since to all humanity outside of their bubble Neugebauer is not some First Amendment hero, but instead a buffoon due to his attack upon an innocent women.

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Oct-20-13 8:09 AM

Eagle Tribune

"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."

Sorry Mike, disagree with on this. While MOST rangers are good, my experience has been they are bunch of POLICE officer wannebe's who like to show everybody they have POWER to make you COMPLY or else.

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Oct-20-13 8:11 AM


"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."

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Oct-20-13 8:12 AM


"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.”

THESE rangers were A**wholes!!!

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Oct-20-13 8:34 AM

Summing then:

As Eleanor Norton put it...blaming the National Park Service for closing parks is like voting for capital punishment and then blaming the hangman as executions proceed.

The same GOP which has seen to it that US Park Service funding has been slashed to 2008 levels THEN attempted to put the parks and their relatively small portion of budgetary costs at CENTER stage of their shutdown because of the conveniency factor of portraying US parks as closed to US citizens.

Cold, calculated GOPeer irony.

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Oct-20-13 9:28 PM

mike you goof, the administration didn't shut them down...your minions did. Can't you be honest just for once?

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Oct-21-13 7:28 AM

Democrit Senate Leader Harry Reid had SEVERAL BILLS ON HIS DESK, PASSED by the House, that would have kept the parks open. All Harry would have had to do to keep the parks open would have been to DO HIS JOB, and bring those House-passed bills UP FOR A VOTE in the Senate.

Harry Reid and Democrit obfuscation and REFUSAL TO DO THE JOB CITIZENS ELECTED THEM TO DO is the reason for the Government shutdown. Blaming Republicans for PASSING BILLS, and ignoring Democrit REFUSALS to even debate and vote on them, is ridiculous.

Elect Republicans to the Senate and watch the Demorat gridlock stop. Republicans aren’t afraid to negotiate. Republicans aren’t afraid to compromise. Republicans aren’t afraid to debate. Republicans aren’t afraid to VOTE. This Democrit-dominated do-nothing Senate is the problem. Fix the problem, America. And then enjoy YOUR National Parks.

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Oct-21-13 8:19 AM

Idiot Dimmowits, it cost MORE to send dozens of rangers to STOP people from using the parks that it would to keep them open!

Government FAIL again!

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Oct-21-13 11:15 AM


GOPeers RUSH to hold hearings AFTER they forced government shutdown affecting National parks.

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Oct-21-13 11:29 AM

This op ed has nothing to do with park rangers. It is, like many of this paper's editorials, using a topic as an excuse to take a cheap shot at the President.

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Oct-21-13 12:41 PM

Right, caltrans. Because Park Rangers would NEVER erect barricades to keep veterans out of veterans’ memorials, or hold tourists hostage to keep them from taking photos of PUBLIC property. Barry Benghazi’s brown shirt national “police” force might do that, but Smokey Bear’s pals? Never. Derrrrrr.........

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Oct-22-13 6:59 AM

Math for postpartumish-park budget cutting-drill in parks baby-turned suddenly we love nature so let focus on holding hearings on barricades as Rome burns GOPeers:

$0 = 0 people = 0 services

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Oct-22-13 3:22 PM

Thank you for the article, Mike. For those who might like a more in-depth view I recommend the book, "Oh, Ranger!" by Mark Saferstein. It's a enjoyable easy read.

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Oct-22-13 4:43 PM

RockERithmetic, all those “Park Rangers” erecting, signing, re-erecting, re-signing, patrolling, and enforcing those Barry-cades were NOT “0 people.” Well, considering they were harassing veterans and tourists they were certainly zeros, but mathematically they were not 0. And they were certainly not doing all that erecting-patrolling-enforcing Barry’s “shutdown” for $0, either.

If Barry Obarrycade had directed those so-called “rangers” to assist citizens instead of harass them we the People wouldn’t have even known OUR parks were closed. But then that wouldn’t have made the pathetic painful political point he was trying to make, now would it... Derrrrrrrr........

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Oct-22-13 4:58 PM

RockERevisionist “The same GOP which has seen to it that US Park Service funding has been slashed to 2008 levels”

You wouldn’t be blaming Republicans for the sequester your Buck Passer in Chief INVENTED, would you? Noooo... that would be like blaming Barry Obumbler for the Obamascam website rollout train wreck. How could he be responsible for something that, although it was HIS idea, is now something he’s so “mad” about? That would be a steaming hot pile of Democrit irony. LOL

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Oct-22-13 8:09 PM

What most people do not realize is that the National Park Service consists of a broad spectrum of specialties and expertise. Rangers are the classic image that come to mind when people think of national parks, but there are also employees in charge of maintenance, natural resource management, concessions, planning, cultural resources, administration, etc. Not all rangers are commissioned law enforcement officers. Many are in non-law enforcement visitor services. So-called "seasonal employees" may only be employed during the prime visitor use period and do not enjoy the full benefits of full-time employees. LE rangers are usually trained in search & rescue, advanced emergency medical response, etc. "People skills" are considered an essential part of being a ranger. If you don't like people you would not enjoy being a ranger.

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Oct-22-13 9:34 PM

Wheeldog, which type of “ranger” would be the type that would threaten tourists with conviction for trespassing if they stepped off the bus parked on the side of the road to take a photo of a bison? Which type of “ranger” would tell WWII veterans they were not welcome at the WWII Veterans’ Memorial? Doesn’t sound like that type of “ranger” likes people very much.

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