Government Shutdown

Privately Run Park Director Again Calls Out Feds Over "Illegal" Closure

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Claude Moore Colonial Farm
Claude Moore Colonial Farm

Anna Eberly, Managing Director of the privately run, funded and staffed Claude Moore Colonial Farm is taking no prisoners in her war with the National Park Service over the politicized closure of a park on which the federal government spends not a penny and with which it is involved in no way other than the ownership of the land. Eberly's first email on the subject referred to the NPS's position as "utter crap." Her latest elaborates. It reads, in part:

Unfortunately, the National Park Service remains unmovable and also unreachable due to the shutdown so nothing has changed for us.

I would like to answer some of the questions that I have received from some of you in this "group setting".

We are critical of the National Park Service because we think they have closed us down illegally according to the terms of the agreement we signed with them in 1981. The agreement states that we will operate the Farm and open it to the public and the only thing they will provide is police protection if needed. Many years ago, we decided that calling the Fairfax County Police if needed (they have joint jurisdiction) worked better for our situation. And because of our proximity to the Central Intelligence Agency, we have probably the best security on earth. The CIA has also treated us with great decency and respect and we value them highly as our neighbors.

The reason that it is so important that we remain open is because of the income we receive from Pavilion rentals, admissions, sales and program fees. We have had to cancel every event at the Farm this week so we have already lost more than $15,000 in operating income because October is the busiest month of the year for us. When the Federal government reopens, as it inevitably will, they will be funded by all of us. The Farm may never reopen again if we cannot open soon because we don't have any other source of revenue except that which we earn for ourselves.

The staff has been here all week in spite of being threatened with arrest because we feel our cause is just and the Farm is worth protecting. And many of our volunteers are Federal employees that now have time on their hands. They could be here volunteering but are banned from the Farm. What an incredibly stupid waste of time and talent.

It is true that my comments about the National Park Service were harsh but they are based on 40 years of dealing with them so I do speak from experience. The NPS has some wonderfully dedicated professional employees who would probably lay down their lives for our parks. Unfortunately, they don't seem to be in charge anymore. The future of the NPS rests with the goodwill of the American people and groups such as ours that could help them protect and manage their vast resources.  But treating your partners with disdain and contempt dooms future possibilities for healthy cooperative ventures. I wonder what would have happened at the mall if the NPS had reached out to the VFW and American Legion to provide volunteers instead of placing paid armed guards?

Hopefully our appeals will eventually reach the right people and they will come to the same conclusion we have. Our agreement gives us the right and the duty to be open to the public.

That's right. This is a "living history farm" located on public land, but taken over by private parties decades ago, and staffed, managed and funded with no reference to federal agencies or resources. But it was closed under the government shutdown, and its private staff threatened with arrest for continuing to work, because…

You do the math.

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  1. Sue them hard, sue them long. Sue them.

    I see these closings of private operations on federal land as akin to a landlord shutting down a retail tenant in breach of the lease. It’s yet another abuse of power by an administration that does little more than abuse power.

    1. I had to read it a few times before I realized that you meant the shutting down was in breach of the lease, and not that the tenant was.

      1. You are correct. I structured that without clarity.

        In any case, this really does parallel a landlord-tenant situation, at least when the government merely owns the land. If a private landlord were having cashflow issues it neither could nor should shut down performing tenants.

    2. Hey, if you elect a gang from Chicago to run things, you can’t be surprised when they act like a gang from Chicago.

  2. A shame no reporter would ask the Lightworker or Harry “What, me work?” Reid about this.

    1. It’s all the fault of obstructionist teathuglicans in the House, since, as all right-thinking people know, they and not the executive branch directly control the NPS.

  3. YOu know what,

    They should call the media, and reopen the park… and get arrested on TV for it.

    I’m sure they can find some Team $RepublicanColor journodroids to cover it.

    1. Yep, bad mainstream press is the only thing they’ll understand

    2. I called the park and spoke to an assistant. I asked her to convey that very suggestion to Anna Eberly. I told her, you are holding all the cards. Let the media see men in uniform shutting down your park.

      Don’t know if she got my message, but I hope they appreciate the thoguht.

    3. I agree. This calls for old fashioned civil disobedience.

    4. Definitely. If the park stays open, they win; if they get arrested on camera, it highlights the stupidity of the Park Service, and they win.

  4. Their crime is insufficient dependence on the federal largesse. Self-sufficiency will not be brooked. Please report to your nearest food stamps office for rehabilitation, citizens.

  5. It is true that my comments about the National Park Service were harsh but they are based on 40 years of dealing with them so I do speak from experience.

    Nice.

  6. I hope her taxes are in order.

    1. Doesn’t matter. They’ll find some law she’s broken. Most likely something they can also tar her with in public.

    2. Using the IRS as a group of thugs used to carry out personal retaliations is becoming a tradition among presidents hailing from the Party of the Jackass.

  7. Just saw this on the WSJ:

    Said a senior administration official: “We are winning…It doesn’t really matter to us” how long the shutdown lasts “because what matters is the end result.”

    I thought the shutdown was bad. Mark my words, the hubris of this administration will make blaming the House alone hard to do, even with media fanboys trying their very best.

    1. Clinton kept the parks open. Clinton had the sense not to just be a thug. I don’t think Obama does. Maybe America will put up with this. If they do, they get what they deserve. But I really think the 70% of the country that are not just brain dead Progs are going to be really put off by this kind of shit.

      And the problem is that they can’t keep it secret. The whole point of it is for it to be public and for the public to know how bad the shutdown is. So the media’s ability to kill any story doesn’t do them any good.

      1. When the president is as dumb and as malicious as Tony, you know the country is in trouble.

      2. Clinton had the sense not to just be a thug. I don’t think Obama does

        Because all black guys are thugs, right?

        You are the most racist being to ever exist across the whole of creation.

        1. The 21st century definition of a racist is anyone who is winning an argument with Team Blue.

        2. Go wash the sand out of your vagina and then come back and try to have an adult conversation.

          Unless that was sarcasm. In which case carry on.

        3. You mean, the most racist being to ever sexist across the whole of crenation.

      3. Clinton had the sense not to just be a thug.

        Clinton was most certainly a thug who used the IRS to attack countless Americans who were foolish enough to believe their First Amendment rights extended to their political opinions not aligned with those of the Clintons.

        Nonetheless, it’s true he was not just a thug. He was also a highly practiced liar and a third-rate confidence man.

        1. God, shut the fuck up.

          1. Personally, I don’t think John Galt is God. He might have gotten a promotion when I wasn’t looking, though.

  8. Jonah Goldberg’s weekly email, really nailed what is going on. He says

    resident Obama has a lot at stake in this shutdown psychologically. If you honestly believe — or if you simply want Americans to believe — that government is just “another word for those things we do together,” then you need to do everything you can to prove that’s true. I’m not saying that a government shutdown is without painful consequences, but Obama seems to have a version of Munchausen’s syndrome; he wants to inflict pain to prove that government is the only cure.

    Or to put it another way, if you run a protection racket and a storekeeper doesn’t pay up, it’s in your interest to make sure that things go badly for him.

    Yes, Occam’s Razor dictates that Obama’s primary motive is to put pressure on Republicans and win a PR battle. But lurking behind that, I think, is a deeper conviction: The American people need to learn that the “government is us.”

    1. This is how revolutions get started.

      Just sayin’….

      1. I think Goldberg is right. Don’t you?

        1. He is absolutely right. This entire exercise is theater designed to make the people pay for their recalcitrant representives.

          If the media weren’t carrying 0bama’s water he would be crucified for it.

          1. But I think it is going to backfire. People either wont’ care or if they do have such an entitlement mentality, they will blame Obama. The problem with being big daddy is that big daddy has to produce. People who think they are entitled don’t care about excuses.

            1. You see, a pimp’s love is very different from that of a square…

      2. “Everybody, stop, hey, what’s that sound? Everybody look what’s going down”

    2. Maybe this will teach people that government isn’t us, government is those guys over there with guns who will happily kill you should you try to go to work.

      1. Team Blue will never learn this, but maybe more of Team Red and most of Team Colors Suck will.

  9. Dumb question… Why doesn’t she just tell the feds to go fuck themselves?

    1. She doesn’t want the IRS to start questioning the park’s 501(c)(3) status?

    2. Because the park police are one of the few parts of NPS that are still working. She can’t go too in-your-face or they’ll permanently shut down the park either sooner or later.

      Also, there may be livestock which needs daily feeding (and maybe milking).

      1. Also, there may be livestock which needs daily feeding (and maybe milking).

        And daily not-getting-shot-in-the-head.

  10. OT, but:

    Who would have seen this coming? Certainly not us crazy anarchist libertarians, no siree, never saw it coming at all, while liberals continue to demonstrate their uncanny foresight.

    Sticker Shock

    1. I think a lot of people really thought it was going to be free. They sold this shit as “free healthcare”. That is not going to come back to bite them. The poor have an unbelievable sense of entitlement. And they set themselves up really well here.

      1. My wife – the lawyer – runs into this sense of entitlement: people wanting a lawyer for child custody, divorce, etc – but once she asks for money down, suddenly they disappear or don’t show up to meetings.

        1. If people want cheap lawyers, they should stop electing such shitbag hardworking legislators.

      2. “I am so disappointed,” wrote one woman. “These prices are outrageous and there are huge deductibles. No one can afford this!” The comment received 169 “likes.”

        Hello Penaltax! Isn’t that Obama just do dreamy and smart!

        Now get your freaking head out of Facebook once in a while and get educated before you vote!

        1. These prices are outrageous and there are huge deductibles.

          This is one of the things that surprised me.

          I thought any new ACA plan that I might be forced to get would have a smaller deductible than my current plan, but most of the plans have a larger deductible.

          For some reason I thought to qualify the deductible (single, not family) couldnt be higher than $2k.

          1. Obamacare is about 1) consolidating more power in DC, and 2) paying off insurance companies to do the work for them.

          2. And she thinks it’s bad if she’s a woman? What will it be like for young single men who most of the costs of this are being shifted onto?

            The butthurt is going to be enormous over this.

    2. . “Where the HELL am I supposed to get $3,000 more a year to pay for this ‘bronze’ health insurance plan!?!??? And I DO NOT EVEN WANT INSURANCE to begin with!! This is frightening,” she wrote.

      Clearly, O’Care doesn’t go far enough.

      1. Well that’s her fault for not being a congressional member or staff. They get the Gold Plan, almost for free. See, Obamacare really does work.

      2. Clearly, O’Care doesn’t go far enough.

        It will only have gone far enough when it’s free.

  11. The only other thought I had is, “This is what happens when you get in bed with government – even a little bit.”

    Working for a “federal contractor” for 24 years has only reinforced for me “NEVER get into business with the gummint”. To the extent I can steer us away from government bidness for our firm – whether local, state, or federal – I do.

    So…

    1. I worked for a company that got government contracts, but it wasn’t a majority of our business. Everytime one of them came in for bid, the apprehension and foreboding could be seen on the face of everyone in the company, they were a royal pain in the arse.

      1. …everyone in the company, they were a royal pain in the arse.

        That’s no way to talk about your coworkers.

        1. Please don’t say “arse”. Makes us think you’re not Murikan.

    2. Cosimo De Medici was a brilliant man.

      “Never, Ever, lend to the King.”

      1. The Templars agree.

  12. Is no dishonest manipulation of the American people considered going too far by this current regime and it’s collaborators?

    1. Of course not. Just listen to Team Blue, they’ll happily insist that Everyone Who Voted For Obama Wants All This.

  13. Back to the article. As I have said before, while I do feel that it is the responsibility of us libertarians to spread the message and create more of us, I don’t think our efforts are going to equal the efforts of our federal government and the proglodytes. They are going to do one hell of a fine job for us.

  14. As I have said before, while I do feel that it is the responsibility of us libertarians to spread the message and create more of us, I don’t think our efforts are going to equal the efforts of our federal government and the proglodytes.

    As I grow older, I’ve learned the only thing I can really do to help Libertarianism spread is let people live, and then explain to them when they inevitably get fucked in the ass with a Rape-X how it’s their fault for trusting the Federal Government.

    1. Except usually when I run into people who royally get fucked by the government, they don’t blame government; they just think that if the right people were in charge, this wouldn’t have happened.

      1. Or just… more government will fix it.

      2. Sounds like they need it a little more and harder.

      3. Battered wife syndrome.

      4. Or that it’s really the fault of evil corporations, no matter how strained the reasoning has to be to reach that conclusion.

        1. no matter how strained the reasoning has to be to reach that conclusion.

          They don’t think. They emote. They repeat the talking points they are given, over and over again, until they actually start believing them, no matter how ridiculous.

      5. I keep pointing out the “other guys'” failures until they are comfortable that I’m not just a player for the other TEAM, then spring the trap. I have several friends from both teams that get raging pissed at me, but never accuse me of arguing for the other TEAM any more. One even admitted Tuesday that I am probably right about government being too big and incompetent, but she is too wedded to her ideology to let go and change.

        1. One even admitted Tuesday that I am probably right about government being too big and incompetent, but she is too wedded to her ideology to let go and change.

          Please, thank her for dragging the rest of us down with her self-destructive political ideology and voting habits.

          1. I am hoping to so thoroughly demoralize her that she doesn’t bother voting.

            1. That works too. *highfive*

            2. My hero.

            3. I don’t think there is much you can really accomplish, but one of my hobbies is to club such women with their own stupidity until they cry. If they cry, I win. If not, well, I don’t win or lose, so it’s still pretty fun.

  15. We are critical of the National Park Service because we think they have closed us down illegally according to the terms of the agreement we signed with them in 1981. The agreement states that we will operate the Farm and open it to the public and the only thing they will provide is police protection if needed.

    The agreement…ha, ha, ha, ha. Head to an Indian reservation and ask them how far an “agreement” with the federal government goes.

    1. Pray they do not alter it any further.

  16. Unfortunately, the National Park Service remains unmovable and also unreachable due to the shutdown so nothing has changed for us.

    So bust down the barricades and start operating the park. If no one’s returning calls, no one’s available to police the barricades, no one’s available to set them back up, no one’s available to make you NOT run the park.

    1. Part of the 80% of the gov still up and running are the DOJ, DHS, TSA, DEA, etc. etc. They can expect Federal Marshals for their act of disobedience. But that would provide an opportunity give it mainstream attention too

      1. Essential government services are still operating, and no government service is more essential than keeping the little people in their place.

  17. Semi OT. A friend posted this on facebook. I am resisting the urge to respond, as it’s probably not worth the hassle. But I need to vent.

    “We really are a spoiled nation, and my generation is the worst about it. If I have to listen to one more bratty twenty-something gleefully proclaim things like “government is shutdown and nothing changed! lol” I’m going to lose it.

    For far, far too long we have lived in a country with safe food and drugs, fair labor standards, clean air and water, an all-volunteer military, and highways and airports that can take us to the most amazing cities and natural wonders the world has to offer. If you were born after a certain year, you take these things for granted.

    In a democracy, you get the government you deserve. We absolutely deserve what is going on in Washington right now because we have quit paying attention. And some of us have never paid attention, because we seem to believe that America magically became a great nation with no effort. Next federal election is over a year away, please write or call in the meantime.”

    1. The FDA limits the number and kinds of life-saving drugs available on the market. The EPA is one of the worst organizations in Washington. What’s more, we don’t have the government to thank for these things he seems to love. It’s free markets he should be thanking. Worker safety was improving long before OSHA came around. And a clean environment is a normal good; as countries get richer, their people demand a cleaner environment.

      This guy doesn’t understand a lick of economics and worships at the progressive alter. But I’m the one who’s a bratty twenty-something. Right.

      1. Being a progressive means being willfully ignorant of economics. It’s almost as if in the back of their minds they know that they’re wrong, but dammit it feels right!

      2. This is worth posting twice.

    2. The FDA limits the number and kinds of life-saving drugs available on the market. The EPA is one of the worst organizations in Washington. What’s more, we don’t have the government to thank for these things he seems to love. It’s free markets he should be thanking. Worker safety was improving long before OSHA came around. And a clean environment is a normal good; as countries get richer, their people demand a cleaner environment.

      This guy doesn’t understand a lick of economics and worships at the progressive altar. But I’m the one who’s a bratty twenty-something. Right.

      1. Damn it.

        1. You can’t be a bratty twenty-something. Twenty-somethings know how to use the internet.

          1. Well, I am a late twenty-something, fwiw.

        2. Don’t preview and it won’t post twice.

    3. In a democracy, you get the government you deserve.

      As the esteemed Robert Clayton quipped: I seem to be getting the government other people deserve.

      1. I can accurately gauge the outcome of an election by taking the inverse of my ballot. What does that say about the government I deserve?

        1. I like how you worded that. With permission, I’d like to use that in the future.

          I always was simpatico with Cavanaugh’s theory that his electronic voting machine had never actually been hooked to anything.

          1. Go for it.

    4. In a democracy, you get the government you deserve.

      I forget the source, but a quote I saw once:

      Everyone gets the government they deserve.

      1. Menken wasn’t it?

        “In a democracy, the citizens get the government they deserve… good and hard.”

    5. Once, this airport took me to Liberaltopia. It was amazing.

    6. I hope this person lives in a democracy as a part of the minority for a while.

    7. I suggest defreiending.

      1. I think I’m going to go with the feature that prevents his posts from showing up. I did it with the Marxists. He’s a smart guy but is infected with the virus that is progressivism.

        1. He’s a smart guy…

          He’s a moron and if you care about him at all you’ll make him realize what a colossal ignorant dipshit he is at every opportunity.

  18. and the only thing they will provide is police protection

    Wait, what? There’s place where, when you call them, the police won’t show up (because they don’t have to, as opposed to their normal not-showing-up)?

    1. oh, shit, I guess because it’s on federal land there’s no other jurisdiction covering it, like the sherrif of the adjacent county/city/whatever, right?

      Probably woulda been smarter to make an agreement with that sheriff than bother having that policing clause in the federal agreement.

      1. From the article:
        “Many years ago, we decided that calling the Fairfax County Police if needed (they have joint jurisdiction) worked better for our situation. And because of our proximity to the Central Intelligence Agency, we have probably the best security on earth. The CIA has also treated us with great decency and respect and we value them highly as our neighbors.”
        she doesn’t use the NPS police by choice.

  19. I think this is where the engrained sense of entitlement the Progs have created is going to finally come back to hurt them. They have spoiled people so much, they are not going to care who is at fault. They just want their pony. I think Obama is in for a rude surprise if he thinks his low information government dependent supporters are going to blame this all on the Republicans and not him too.

    1. I wish you are right, but I doubt it. Democrats will emerge totally unscathed. They always do.

      1. No they don’t. They don’t win every election.

        1. Elections are decided by just a few million “moderate” voters. Progs will always be progs, and you will always vote for Republicans.

          1. The progs will never learn. But recently the progs have depended on the votes of millions of low interest low information voters who think they are entitled to free shit. When they don’t get their free shit, there is going to be hell to pay. See the Obamacare facebook page linked above. Those people are angry at Republicans. They are pissed at Obama because they thought those exchanges were going to be free shit.

            1. They are pissed at Obama because they thought those exchanges were going to be free shit.

              You got a point. But even that can be spun against the Republicans. I mean, it’s the Republicans’ fault that we don’t have Single Payer. Single Payer would be free shit. Just vote for Democrats and they’ll give you Single Payer.

              1. Eventually maybe. But not now. Now they are just going to be angry. And will stay that way for the next couple of elections.

                1. And will stay that way for the next couple of elections months.

                  ftfy

                  You forget how short the average voter’s attention span is.

                  1. The problem with the “Obama Coalition” such as it is, is that it is made up of groups who want totally different things. They are going to turn on each other. They all can’t get their pony.

                    1. The problem with the “Obama Coalition” such as it is, is that it is made up of groups who want totally different things.

                      And they would have gotten all those things that they wanted if not for obstructionist Republicans!

                    1. You need to accept reality. Most people are fucking stupid. Live with it.

  20. Obama is such a petty little c*nt. Where is Tony to defend him for shit like this?

    1. The Derp Brigade seems to be very selective on what threads they will appear in lately.

    2. No need for the minced oath. Obama is a cunt. He is also a petulant piece of shit and a fucking stupid ignoramus. His wife looks like a shaved grizzly bear and his kids look like malnourished Bifarian famine victims.

      1. When will they turn 18 and go through the rebelling-against-their-parents stage?

      2. I needed a good laugh at the end of the week, HM, and you delivered.

  21. The volunteers should go ahead and get arrested going to their jobs. What is the Park Police going to charge them with, “trespassing”? On property that the Claude Moore Foundation is legally in possession of? By police who are legally only allowed to act as necessary to prevent threats to human life and safety and to protect government property? After the court dismisses the charges, with harsh words to the Park Police and to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for wasting the court’s time, the volunteers should then turn around and bring a Bivens action against the arresting officers, the Director of the National Park Service, the Secretary of the Interior, and God-King Obama himself.

    Even better, why doesn’t the director of the farm order the Park Police off, and when they fail to leave, call the Fairfax County Police and say that there are armed trespassers on the property who refuse to leave and who are acting threatening and belligerent.

    1. call the Fairfax County Police and say that there are armed trespassers on the property who refuse to leave and who are acting threatening and belligerent.

      That won’t work. Cops will always back each other up.

    2. Nice park you have here. Be a shame to eminent domain it.

      /Feds

  22. It’s interesting to me, and possibly not surprising to others, that Government is the Union, and we’re management.

    When Government doesn’t get its raise or cost of living increase it demands, it goes on strike, against us. You can see this petulant behavior more and more clearly in state and municipal governments as well. Government has literally developed for itself an adversarial relationship against its own constituents.

    It’s disconcerting to say the least.

    1. They no longer give a shit about consent of the governed.

      1. When have they? Not in my lifetime.

  23. Federal shutdown shuts down Keys guides

    The federal government shutdown that began this week because of a standoff between the Obama administration and Republicans over the budget and the president’s signature health-care program is hitting Upper Keys backcountry guides in the wallet.

    Charter guides received a message from the National Park Service this week that they cannot take clients fishing in Florida Bay until the feds get back to work. That means that more than 1,100 square miles of prime fishing is off limits between the southern tip of the mainland to the Keys until further notice.

    Capt. Barry Hoffman, of Hoffman’s Guide Service in Tavernier, said he doesn’t rely on National Park Service personnel and rangers when he fishes the bay, so he doesn’t see why he can’t go there.

    “It seems pretty senseless to me because they don’t provide a service for us when we’re out there,” said Hoffman, who has been fishing the backcountry for more than 23 years.

    1. The service the provide you is keeping your business from being burned to the ground! A lot like the mob, but different, because fuck you and democracy and stuff.

    2. Ahh, it’s 1994 all over again. Concessionaires out of work because of a federal shutdown.

    3. They’re trying to shut the ocean??!! Didn’t King Canute show them it can’t be done?

  24. I wonder what would have happened at the mall if the NPS had reached out to the VFW and American Legion to provide volunteers instead of placing paid armed guards?

    That can’t be allowed because the prostitute hates the slut. And in this case, the prostitute has all the guns.

    You see this same thing whenever parks are closed; people offer to take over trash and cleanup as volunteers and get rebuffed because (insert made up nonsense here). Example: firepits on SoCal beaches.

  25. its private staff threatened with arrest for continuing to work, because…

    …fuck you, that’s why.

    1. Because Obamacare needs more enrollees.

  26. I’m gonna continue to post this because it’s so relevant.

    V For Vendetta: Control Through Fear

  27. Threatened with arrest for continuing to work… wow. Just, wow.

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