Park Cops Barackaded Old Faithful Before Each Eruption to Keep People from Watching


Because you know, the government is shut down. That means Old Faithful also has to shut down. And if it won’t shut down on its own, then it has to be blockaded to keep anyone from seeing it.

The already crazy events in Yellowstone discussed yesterday, in which a bus of senior citizen tourists were locked in their hotel by armed rangers gets even more insane in the latest interview.

Government bureaucracies are insane by definition, but this is approaching Kafkaesque territory.

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.

That outburst of crazy NPS fascism was topped in her latest account.

“Sawhorses were put in front of Old Faithful. And 10 to 15 minutes before her eruption, you would see 4 by 4′s and rangers coming to that area.”

“And every ranger out there was armed at the time. From Tuesday, any park ranger I saw was carrying a gun.”

So the shutdowns, caused supposedly by a lack of resources, did not prevent park rangers from specifically deploying before each eruption to keep people from “recreating.”

We’re in some sort of insane comedy skit where Obama’s cops have a mission to keep people from having the least bit of fun.

I’m reminded of the explanation given by a National Park Service spokesman for why 5 rangers in 3 cars had to be dispatched to mount a 24 hour blockade of the Pisgah Inn, a private business, which had tried to stay open.

The parkway’s chief ranger, Steve Stinnett, said Park Service managers in Washington directed him to block access to the inn at milepost 408.6 and ensure “people don’t utilize a business that, according to the federal government, is closed.”

According to Obama, Old Faithful is closed, so park rangers had to be posted to keep people from seeing that it’s erupting.

  • Veracious_one
    • unionville

      I think this clip is appropriate under the circumstances. It certainly is an apt description of Obama and his administration.

      http://youtu.be/sen8Tn8CBA4

  • Idl

    It isn’t exactly germane to the story: when I visited Yellowstone, some of my fellow tourons complained aloud that the attractions weren’t put closer together. In that spirit, I hope when the government shutdown is over, park officials will cause Old Faithful to erupt more frequently each day thereafter to make up for lost time. I’m sure they just need to flip a few switches and adjust a few dials.

  • WhyBeSoMean

    I hope every person who have been the victim of this obscenely petty president and democrats will vote against them in 2014 and 2016.

    • defcon 4

      Does that include the undocumented voters?

      • WhyBeSoMean

        Sure. Better they vote against dems than for them.

      • ChristCrusader

        The undocumenteds are being served, not victimized by the Nazi Park Service

    • Distemp

      Dude, you’re EVERYWHERE commenting about how democrats put your panties into a twist. Do you not have a day job?

      P.S. Is that you in your profile picture?

      • WhyBeSoMean

        I’m everywhere? YOU have 800 comments. I have 56.
        Typical a-hole leftist.

        • Distemp

          Haha, 800 comments over something like a decade, muffin. Nice try, though. It was a good effort.

          • WhyBeSoMean

            Not so fast, distemper.
            In the past 2 months I’ve made 57 comments. In the same period YOU made 73.
            Get a JOB!! lol

          • Distemp

            It’s not my fault I have so many interesting things to say, dear. There’s just something so sad about someone who haunts comment sections because their vagina hurts due to the loss of an election a year ago. What I’m saying is, I find you fascinating and I want you to never change. You hear me?

  • cj

    How much longer Bozo?

  • spyeatte

    I have to say, park cops are brain dead. I will look at them in an entirely different light from now on. They are not there to help, they are there to control in the most petty way imaginable. I don’t know why anyone would want to be a Park Ranger.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Any of them with any conscience would have refused in some way to go along with this fascism.

    • lessthantolerant

      Remember the government does not place the best and brightest in leadership positions just as we do not elect our best and brightest.
      Obama strike you as bright?

    • Floyd

      I have become very cynical with age, and hopefully wiser with age.
      Old adage, “follow the money”. Over the last 6 years or so since the economy has headed south, and governments at all levels are hard up for money, you have the public worker segment out there touting their self interests at every opportunity (big bucks, big benefits, big pensions). God forbid if they ever had to go look for a job in the private sector and see the real reality of the economy.

      I’m sure they’re following orders. The scary part of this story is that they are armed. I would not trust ANY government worker who is armed in 2013. They are dangerous and the value of your life is worth a lot less than it was 10 or 20 years ago. Take a look at that delusional woman that was shot in Washington DC last week. She got out of her car and was attempting to run. Did she really have to be shot in the head. To this day I wonder how many shots were fired at her “to do the job”?

      • frankenbiker

        There is nothing worse than that of a petty mind, with a badge. Just following orders is what every damn Nazi said during the Nuremberg trials. Is that really a good excuse? It got most of them hanged, so no, its not.

      • okierx

        Law enforcement is not trained for “headshots”. A torso shot provides the largest target. Now we know why the government has been buying so much ammunition.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Recreating what?

    • lessthantolerant

      Would you not love to see this ranger?

  • Jakareh

    The shutdown has demonstrated that under the Obama regime, the federal government has become less than useless.

    • DogmaelJones1

      Less than useless? Say, rather, more and more dangerous.

  • Katy Henderson

    Wake up America–your time has come….wolves have seeped in and you are in horrible danger. Foreign UN and Foreign, Russian Troops and Tanks are in your country. You have been betrayed at the highest levels. This–is just the beginning. Prepare.

  • semus

    At the very least what this dictatorship’s doing should exemplify one thing, all these government lands the have been stolen or confiscated by the government must be taken away from the government.

  • lessthantolerant

    What you see in these government employees, Park Rangers are the tip of the spear, remember the Nazi followers simply said “we were only following orders”.
    Parasite Nation hires the least intelligent and most compliant goobers so they can just follow orders.
    Some one will get hurt in this fiasco and that is what Obama and his brown shirts want.

  • lessthantolerant

    Just as Hitler’s followers were “Just following orders”, this is why the government only hires the lowest intelligence and most compliant. Obama and his brown shirt are hoping that these ridiculous actions will elicit violence so they can play up that action.
    Park Rangers will forever receive my scorn from here forward.

    • spyeatte

      They are starting to remind me of the police mentality in the old movie Fahrenheit 451, based on the novel by Ray Bradbury published in 1953 .

      • lessthantolerant

        Totaliterian states usually do reflect each other.

  • Real American

    The simpleton park rangers say we are just following orders, well Yellowstone park rangers you freeking dim whits,follow this order,obama wants you to strap a slab of bacon to your back and take a hike out in grizzly country without a firearm..we are positive people with your mentality will do it…….. If you have read WWII history , Nuremburg trials ,all the officers being tried said the same thing,WE WERE JUST FOLLOWING ORDERS,never the less they were executed by firing squad or hung by the neck until dead !!

    • RedStateVet

      Didn’t see yours until I posted. I yield, sir.

  • RedStateVet

    These brownshirts should Google Nuremberg. The “just following orders” crap aint gonna fly.

    • joe

      Don’t forget Lt Calley was just following orders when he was hung out to dry. People have a right/obligation to refuse illegal orders so they should tell the Park Sevice to stuff it. Course they would be fired by their boss.

  • sludog

    I always thought Park Ranger was an honorable profession until this fiasco. Now they have entered the realm of other cops, someone who used to be there to help the public, now someone you want to stay away from because most are petty tyrants.

    • hugh

      And don’t forget that many of them are retired folks helping out. Damn shame.

    • Karll

      I’ve found park rangers to be worse than regular cops. They have little to do, so they create “violations” committed by innocent people in order to write a ticket. This story just reinforces my prior belief.

  • Clifford Maddox

    This action borders on, if not truly is, kidnapping. The forceful detention of individuals by threat of armed force, ie: the armed park Rangers. This despicable action of the Obama Administration coupled with the refusal to allow WWII vets on honor flight visits to the war memorials is reminiscent of the Gestapo tactics of Adolph Hitler in the 1930′s and 1940′s. These actions of the current child in the White House need to stop and public apologies given to all those turned away from the We The People owned Parks. The Parks belong to the people, not Barack Obama or the or the ruling elite. We are watching and your actions will be remembered.

  • http://www.facebook.com/karen.boswell.58 Karen Boswell

    Are we sure these are th real park rangers and not Os private army he has been clamoring for and secretly creating since he came to office – you know the one where he said something like – we need a force as sizable as the military…..

  • jrogersp

    I do believe that I would not have obeyed some Park Ranger, what are they going to do Shoot Me or You for watching a Geyser Blow? If they did it would be a small price to pay to force Americans to see what the Tyrant is doing! Not only that but the Ranger who would be stupid enough to follow such orders would be sued and prosecuted for MURDER! People had better start standing up for their Rights or be willing to Lose them and those that are put in the position of following idiotic orders had better remember who they really work for and who they really are! And what about them pulling the handles off of the Water Fountains so that thirsty people cannot get a drink of water? What if someone dies because of that? Those that think odumbo is doing the right thing deserve to be treated this way, they are the one’s asking for it! But, don’t try this crap on me!

  • jrogersp

    Maybe not yet!

  • Tim

    did the government turn off old faithful during the federal government shutdown?

  • Distemp

    This never would have happened if the Republicans wouldn’t have started this shutdown. Good thing they lost :)