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

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On October 9, 2013 @ 1:05 pm In The Point | 42 Comments

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.


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