Wednesday, October 09, 2013

"I see your true colors, shining through..."

The Administration's pettiness is infecting even such previously benign agencies as the National Park Service:
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.
“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. 

Guess Yogi better not try absconding with any pic-a-nic baskets these days.  Mr. Park Ranger might have been ordered to use deadly force.  Then again, with no tourists allowed, I suppose the temptation is somewhat lessened...

It seems the National Park Service is faithfully executing their instructions from the top to "make life as difficult as possible."

Here's hoping this delusion of dictatorial powers results in the citizenry returning the favor... in spades...

In 2014, NIP the Federal Government: NO INCUMBENTS, PLEASE!

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