Shutdown Drama: Goats are Furloughed, the Ocean is Closed, and Jackbooted Thugs Grimly Deter Tourists

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Government Shutdown Theater continues, and so do the ridiculous federally-ordered closures.

We’ve all heard about the hundreds of thousands of government workers who were furloughed because of the government shutdown, but humans weren’t the only ones impacted. Twenty-eight hard-working Nubian goats were sent home because of concerns about their place of employment being closed by the feds. The goats were hired to take care of a poison ivy infestation in New Jersey’s Gateway National Recreation Area.

Nubian goats

Speaking of parks and recreational areas, a privately-owned inn in North Carolina was forced to close on Thursday because it operates in a leased building on federal land. On Friday, the owner, Bruce O’Connell, decided to defy the government and reopen his dining room, gift shop and country store. That lasted about two hours. National Park Service rangers blocked the entrances to the Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway, effectively shutting down business at the height of tourism season. The inn was booked solid for October.

The feds also tried to close another privately-funded tourist site – George Washington’s Mt. Vernon estate. The National Park Service showed up on Tuesday and barricaded the parking lots.

This displeased former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich:

Mt. Vernon officials approached the NPS, which removed the barricades “as soon as they realized their mistake,” said Melissa Wood, the site’s media director. She added that the Park Service maintains the parking lots, but Mount Vernon owns the property.

The NPS closed a historical farm that hasn’t received government funding since 1980. The Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean, Virginia, was hosting a Chamber of Commerce event when the NPS sent the Park Police over to escort staff and volunteers off the property. Anna Eberly, the site’s managing director, said, “You do have to wonder about the wisdom of an organization that would use staff they don’t have the money to pay to evict visitors from a park site that operates without costing them any money.”

Eberly makes an excellent point. Our taxpayer money is being wasted on this shutdown. The placement of Barrycades all across the country is a good example of this:


How many NPS employees does it take to post “closed” signs? Are these “essential” employees?

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It seems like all of these closures require more staff than keeping the sites open does.

Meanwhile, in Arizona: More than 100 U.S. Forest Service campgrounds and areas run by the Arizona-based company Recreation Resource Management were forced to evacuate and shutter up. RRM president Warren Meyer told Fox Business, “our operations are self-sufficient (we are fully funded by user fees at the gate), we get no federal funds, we employ no government workers on these sites, and we actually pay rent into the Treasury. I can only assume their intention is to artificially increase the cost of the shutdown as some sort of political ploy.”

The Grand Canyon is also closed because of the government shutdown. Governor Jan Brewer offered to use state money to pay to reopen the park, but her offer was rejected by a park official. Businesses in the area have also offered to contribute to reopening the park.

National Park Service employees sure have been busy – they blocked access to VIEW Mount Rushmore from the road:


The NPS put those cones along highway viewing areas outside Mount Rushmore, barring visitors from pulling over and taking pictures of the monument. “It disgusts me that taxpayer resources were used on this act of stupidity,” Rep. Kristi Noem said. “This is federal government arrogance at its worst.”

Ford’s Theater, the site of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, was also forcibly shut down – even though the theater and its programs are run by a private non-profit group.

City Tavern, a historical restaurant in Philadelphia, was forced to close because it is located inside Independence National Historical Park and the building is owned by the U.S. National Parks Service. The restaurant’s public relations director Molly Yun said they were forced to cancel booked parties, including one serving 200 visitors from Japan on Wednesday night, for at least the next four days leaving patrons “angry” and “aggravated.” Yun added that City Tavern was allowed to remain open during the last government shutdown 17 years ago.

In Las Vegas, elderly residents have been forced out of their private homes on Lake Mead because they happen to be located on federal land. An estimated 60 families with vacation homes along the lake who were given notice by the National Park Service earlier this week to gather their stuff and leave, according to Christie Vanover, a spokeswoman for the Lake Mead Recreational Area.

Perhaps the most preposterous and obnoxious forced closing so far is this: the National Park Service has closed access to Florida Bay…which leads to the OCEAN. That’s right – charter boat captains in Florida were told that until government funding is restored, more than 1,100 square miles of prime fishing is off limits between the southern tip of the mainland to the Keys.

The closing affects not only fishing guides, but anyone with a license to conduct business in the park, including tour operators and paddling guides. Anyone with a Commercial Use Authorization permit will be impacted, said Dan Kimball, superintendent of Everglades and Dry Tortugas national parks. Park rangers will be on duty to enforce the ban.

The feds ordered the state of Wisconsin to close several state parks that receive federal funding. However, Governor Scott Walker has decided to ignore that order and a Fish and Wildlife Service order to ban hunting and fishing on federal lands. State officials said that Wisconsin provides more than half the funding for the parks, so they will be kept open with state money.

Governor Walker isn’t the only one who is defying government orders – citizens are tired of the shutdown shenanigans too, and are taking matters into their own hands:

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This photo gallery shows tweets and more photos of the rebellion.

Perhaps the best thing to shut down since the Shutdown began: The Obamacare website has been closed for repairs this weekend.

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  • RickE.

    This is simply what our federal government thinks of us. A firm F U is what they’re saying to us!

    • yeh sure

      George Carlin said it best:

    • Kulafarmer

      Perhaps a stern 2A FU is what they need in reply!

      • Jean

        That’s not “FU.” it’s “DROP DEAD.”

      • Jean

        Good Dempublican.
        Play dead! Play Dead!

        Now STAY dead….

  • Hammerun

    I’ll betcha there’s a lot of Obama voters having second thoughts right now. Obama is showing his true colors now and the low or no information voters see that they maybe screwed up following this dude. I bet you’d be hard pressed to find somebody that would admit they voted for Obama today.
    Here’s a funny.
    There is a black woman that works in same part of the company as my wife. They both work for the Company, if you get my drift. In the beginning she was Obama Obama, had the Obama button, the Obama credentials lanyard, Obama stickers on her car. Was really pumping for Obama.
    Today, she won’t even talk about him.

    • javelin

      actually, the Obama folks I work with are so deeply koolaid drunk that they see this as a 100% “tea bagger” fault.

      They believe the ” Republicans holding the country hostage” because they are trying to forcefully overturn a law that has already been voted approved and is a done deal. I tell you, there is NOTHING Obama could do to make most of his ardent supports–especially the people of color–see anything wrong with anything he does.

      He could order indiscriminate murders of children, support and orchestrate increasing wars in the middle east, destroy full time employment and replace it with servile part time jobs, increase health care costs of every working American and mandate expensive coverage for masses who already can’t afford it or don’t have/want coverage and they’d still love their teflon messiah—oops, he actually IS doing all of those things and the sniveling love affair is undaunted..

      • Morizen

        It IS a TEABagger caused shutdown. There’s no punch to drink. Just use your brain-cells, and turn off FOXNEWS. The House GOPers, are screwing you, without buying you dinner. Quit deep-throating the crap you’re being fed, and seek balance info from MORE than one source. I won’t tell you what sources to use, just review anything other than what you get your news from now. TRy that, and maybe your next posts won’t make you sound like such a hayseed moron.

        • ‘O’morizen

          Typical of the left, name calling and defamation.

          The emperor has no clothes. It doesn’t require a degree in rocket science to figure out the agenda.

          Who would negotiate “after” they get everything they want?

          Think about it for a second…

      • Bill Williams

        Oh yes, the hard core Obozo followers would follow the man’s instructions if he said to jump off this cliff to your certain death. He has to be the most wicked man ever to walk planet earth.

  • Anonymous

    Citizens need to break down every barrycade and traffic cone they can find, and use the parks anyway. What’s the dictator gonna do? Sick the military on us? Shoot people for the heinous crime of…picnicking? Screw you Barack, AND the islamic, communist camel you rode in on!

    • DW

      OOPS. Sorry for the duplicate comment!

    • Ray

      I agree!!!! If I could, I would start the movement! Nuts to this treatment! Take my old butt to jail, and spend more on keeping me!

    • Aussie Mick

      If I ever saw a comment that needs to be duplicated..this is it. You have just written the text for the greatest bumper sticker of all time..”Screw you Barack, AND the islamic,communist camel you rode in on.” Literary genius..I love it! Send it to infowars…they will print the stickers.

  • DW

    Citizens need to break down every barrycade and traffic cone they can find, and use those parks. What’s the dictator gonna do? Sick the military on people for the heinous crime of…picnicking? Screw you, Barack, AND the islamic, communist camel you rode in on!

  • Peter

    Obama just took his marbles home. While looking out the window, he saw the kids still playing, so he now took his dog for a walk to shit all over the playground. He yelled, “Daddy they are all laughing at me”, but remembered , he never had a daddy and his mother , well she was a little open ended.

    He Obammy , we are still laughing at you in the window. Oh, someone in the playground just showed you his ass. FU, Mr. Fen President. Your a joke.

  • Peter

    His voters are praising his antics. That’s just the manner in which the little pea brain, socialistic, liberal bitch’s act. Same ones who pull out on you and laugh while driving. We need to start resisting this government in a peaceful manner. Demonstrating in the streets, blocking traffic and commerce. That is what is now needed, to make his last three years a living hell for him, since he is starting his shit with us. Two way street Mudder Foucker.

  • Anonymous

    what a worthless pos in the PEOPLES HOUSE

  • Guest

    For every day the Government is closed divide your federal taxes both seen and unseen by 365 and with hold it to cover the undelivered services represented by those dollars for their breach of contract . Of course masked men with guns will come to your door and possible kill you and your family for your non-violent acts. Every one of the 3 branches of government deserve NO LESS than LIFE IN PRISON for TREASON.

  • Jake

    I just hope that all of the people that voted for ‘Hope and Change’ are happy. I would love to put up a sign near some of the closed off areas that would direct ‘Only Obama Voters’ up some dead end road (or over a cliff).

  • Uzziel

    I’d rather just waste the f***s.

    Problem solved.

  • Andy

    Just another take on when the sequester was supposed to be a disaster,well if the shutdown hit the politicians worse than anyone else then maybe we could see some negotiations,but the elites in government aren’t going to suffer at all,they make the laws so they are gonna make laws to benefit themselves period!Most of them are lawyers and that is their mindset,and screw everybody else!The insurrection is getting closer,soon it will come to a head!Be prepared and ready.Keep your powder dry.

  • Ken, your UK friend

    Work it out you donkeys. It is easy to install CCTV in a bank or shopping mall. Less easy to install it under every tree in the public park which represents Freedom and Unboundedness. I train my browser like a CCTV on american websites like this to get an early warning sign like a Tsunami monitor because trends always start in America then spread worldwide. What I see sickens me to the very core.
    So help me God.

  • The cure for a jackboot thug weighs 150 to 165 grains and works every time!Even a blind fool should be able to see what is happening to this country now.

  • elfmom55

    Isn’t this just a little bit akin to Marshal Law telling us when and where we will go?

    • Anonymous


  • This is government by hissy fit at its very best.

  • Joe

    I think it’s time for someone (or a large group of someones) defying the king’s edicts on federal land to come to great harm on a bit of federal dirt somewhere for disobeying the sacred orange traffic-cones and shutdown signs. Spielberg can direct, of course. Pay those crisis-actors out of the slush-fund.

    Stage a great pile-up in front of Mt Rushmore, with two loaded tour-busses upside-down in flames, and three jackknifed semitrailers. Make sure to do close-ups on scorched teddy-bears and crushed picnic-coolers. MSNBC can run 24/7 coverage for an entire news cycle! Oh, the humanity; take that, Sean Hannity!

    That’ll show those 10th amendment loving pukes (are you listening, Jan?) who’s boss and what’s what!


  • Andy

    Also about this progressive Rep. Peter King from NY,he really is thinking about running for president?Wow is he an idiot,he says he is a Republican,but he sounds like a leftist Democrat,he speaks out against everything that is at the core of conservative beliefs,he is one of the communist infiltrators in the House,He doesn’t need to waste money on a presidential run.Be prepared and ready.Keep your powder dry.

  • gov worker?

    Until Americans realize you can’t employ 25% of working age people in some form of government (local, state ,fed) job, with some cop salaries for cops in their 20’s approaching a quarter of a million dollars a year, the other Americans will see this arrogance.

  • Norma

    the most disgusting thing is that the cops, should follow these orders, mindlessly.

  • Musashi

    Worthless government filth and their order-following, “just doing my job” enforcer jack-offs.

    Everyone lives somewhere.

  • Hugh Mann

    Good article! I’m glad to see people defying the parks being shut down. Those parks and the lands belong to the people not the government.

    Maybe we the people should go on a national strike. Stop paying taxes, stop going to work, stop paying bills and ignore all of their stupid rules (non-laws).

  • Jean


    I note that ANYONE can use a hammer – let’s get to it, goddammit.
    Not getting any younger – and the cost in lives and treasure is getting steeper the longer we expect them to “play fair.”

    Let’s Roll.

    • RickE.

      Jean, I’m thinking along the lines of that the government is about KILLING we subjects, not just injuring us.
      The police are now frighteningly militarized, and perform their raids as though they’re invading an enemy country. Kill first-ask questions later!

      Your dog, wife, kids, etc. are now no obstacle, just a slight inconvenience to be eliminated. QUICKLY.
      Senior citizen? No problem, just mow em down! Bye bye grandma!

      Kid in the way? If he/she is lucky, they’ll just get a gun barrel in their little faces.
      Is the raid’s address wrong? NO PROBLEM, we will just raid them anyway! Happens every day!

      The time has come to respond in kind. Are you listening NSA, FBI, and Obomba????????

      • Jean

        They are listening.
        We need to chase them out of their holes.
        Burn their homes, with the families inside.

        Make an example. Send a message.

        they’ve been doing that for years now – let’s show them what happens when we respond i kid.
        Gasoline and matches are cheap. So are styrofoam cups (Makes gasoline into Napalm.)