National Parks are Trashed after 12 days of Shutdown

After only 12 days of the partial government slowdown, America’s National Parks are beginning to look like the streets of San Francisco.

from the Blaze: 

National parks brimming with trash, human feces as government shutdown continues

Overflowing garbage cans, human feces, and illegal off-roading are just a few of the problems plaguing some national parks where visitors are taking advantage of the lack of supervision during the partial government shutdown.

Park rangers and other staffers are among the more than 380,000 federal employees furloughed during the shutdown that is in its 12th day. read more

My WND Weekly Exclusive

Obama’s gay national monument

Congratulations, America – we now have our first homosexual national monument. While America and the world are all caught up in the drama that is Brexit, Obama has declared a gay bar in Greenwich Village, NYC, a national monument under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service.

Yep – tearing down our society one brick at a time.

The Stonewall Inn was a homosexual hangout in the ’60s. In 1969 police raided the joint, and riots ensued. From then on it has become known as the birthplace of the homosexual movement – as there was no LGBTQ back then. They were just cross-dressers and didn’t spend their time “questioning.” read more

The United Land Mass of America

by: the Common Constitutionalist

So the greenie loon website ClimateProgress has unearthed a “scandal” regarding Western state attorneys general. It seems these scoundrels are trying to sue the feds to try to reclaim, take back the land the federal government has taken over the years, including the hallowed National Parks.

They write, “On video, Colorado Republican Atty. Gen. candidate Cynthia Coffman is seen telling reporters that she intends to lead a legal fight against the United States government to seize America’s national forests on public lands for state ownership and control.”

Notice ClimateProgress uses the pejorative “seize” instead of reacquire or reclaim. It lends an air of thuggery or illegality. Tricky, eh?

They continue: “Across the West, there is a growing group of fringe politicians advocating a transfer of America’s public lands to state ownership and control.” You’ll also notice anything and anyone who doesn’t agree 100% with their agenda is “fringe”.

“Coffman’s statements align her with Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez, who is publicly advocating for the state to seize national forests and other public lands in Colorado. If both are elected, Colorado would join Utah as the second state where the Governor and Attorney General are actively pursuing state transfer proposals.”

Evidently, many side with ClimateProgress’s position. One exception being, Judge Andrew Napolitano, who other than Mark Levin, is my go to guy on the Constitution. read more

The Shutdown Government: Powerful, Punitive And Petty

There were nearly 6 million living World War II veterans counted in the 2000 U.S. Census. By 2010, there were fewer than 2 million. An estimated 640 World War II Veterans die each day.

Last week the Obama Administration chose to barricade the World War II Memorial to keep aging veterans and other citizens out during the so-called government “shutdown.”

It’s tremendously wasteful to spend taxpayer funds and personnel shutting down an open-air memorial that could be visited at any time of the day prior to the shutdown, whether staff were nearby or not. But more than that, it’s just cruel: World War II veterans are on a race against time to see their memorial.

The closing of high-profile sites for tactical advantage has political benefits. Who can forget how President Bill Clinton ordered the Washington Monument closed during the 1995 shutdown? read more

Amazing Yosemite Photographs

Photographer captures spectacular moment lightning bolt clashes with a rainbow at Yosemite

This is the spectacular moment a photographer struck gold by capturing a bolt of lightning cracking through a rainbow during a freak weather display.

The extraordinary one-of-a-kind sighting was captured by keen photographer Nolan Nitschke, 27, while on a trip to Yosemite National Park in California, U.S.

Mr Nitschke knew a storm was approaching the area and that the incredible rocky peaks throughout the park act as lightning rods. However, he had no idea he would capture such a breathtaking moment.

Magical: This is the dramatic moment a photographer captured a bolt of lightning cracking through a rainbow in a freak weather display
This is the dramatic moment a photographer captured a bolt of lightning cracking through a rainbow in a freak weather display

 

Extraordinary: The one-of-a-kind sighting was captured by keen photographer Nolan Nitschke, 27, while on a trip to Yosemite National Park in California, U.S
 The one-of-a-kind sighting was captured by keen photographer Nolan Nitschke, 27, while on a trip to Yosemite National Park in California, U.S

 

Beautiful: To get his impressive picture, Nolan knew a storm was approaching the area and that the rocky peaks act as lightning rods. This is another of his impressive images of the national park
 To get his impressive picture, Nolan knew a storm was approaching the area and that the rocky peaks act as lightning rods. This is another of his impressive images of the national park

After spending hours painstakingly trying for the perfect shot he finally hit the jackpot as the bright lightning crashed through the colorful rainbow lighting up the dark sky.

Mr Nitschke, from Bishop in California, said: ‘I was determined to capture a lightning bolt with Half Dome in the background and knowing a storm was getting close I set out to capture it.

‘I was there trying to accomplish this goal which wasn’t a given but little did I know I would get it on my first real visit for this purpose – albeit after a few hours missing out.

‘The thunderstorm rolled into Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada. Yosemite and its granite cliffs, domes, and spires are famous for becoming lightning rods during these types of storms.

Impressive: This wide shot of the rocky surroundings of the national park show how attractive the area is

This wide shot of the rocky surroundings of the national park show how attractive the area is

Keen: The photographer spent hours painstakingly trying for the perfect shot of the lightning bolt through the rainbow. This is another of his impressive photographs
 The photographer spent hours painstakingly trying for the perfect shot of the lightning bolt through the rainbow. This is another of his impressive photographs

 

Glorious: Mr Nitschke also managed to capture this stunning rainbow during his time at Yosemite National Park
 Mr Nitschke also managed to capture this stunning rainbow during his time at Yosemite National Park

‘I had seen lightning, rainbows and storms before but never all together at once and especially not in one of the most beautiful places in the world.’

Mr Nitschke tried  unsuccessfully for hours to capture a lightning bolt, missing numerous ones that would flash after the shutter would close or before it would open.

‘A split second after I opened the shutter I saw the flash and my heart nearly stopped’, he added.

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A stunning rainbow at a waterfall in Yosemite
 The Californian photographer also captured this stunning rainbow at a waterfall in Yosemite, right, as well as this image of an icy lake at the foot of some mountains

 

Spectacular: With its granite cliffs, domes, and spires, Yosemite is famous for becoming lightning rods during storms
 With its granite cliffs, domes, and spires, Yosemite is famous for becoming lightning rods during storms

 

Detailed: This impressive picture taken by the 27-year-old shows a fast-flowing river in Yosemite
 This impressive picture taken by the 27-year-old shows a fast-flowing river in Yosemite

‘I knew instantly that it was dead centre in the composition and that a partial rainbow had begun forming.

‘At first I couldn’t breathe, talk, or move. A second later, after the reality of what I had captured settled in I yelled with excitement and lot of expletives.

‘It was an incredible moment and I’m just glad I decided that day to pick up my camera and give it a go because I don’t know if I will ever get the chance again.’

 

Attribution:  Anthony Bond , Mail Online

Park Service Told to Make It Hurt

Park ranger: Supervisors pushed sequester cuts that visitors would see

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Another federal employee has come forward to claim the Obama administration resisted efforts to ease the impact of sequester.

A U.S. park ranger, who did not wish to be identified, told FoxNews.com that supervisors within the National Park Service overruled plans to deal with the budget cuts in a way that would have had minimal impact on the public. Instead, the source said, park staff were told to cancel special events and cut “interpretation services” — the talks, tours and other education services provided by local park rangers.

“Apparently, they want the public to feel the pain,” the ranger said.

The National Park Service is among many federal agencies warning of a major impact from the sequester cuts, which took effect last Friday. The agency has warned of delayed access to portions of Yellowstone and Yosemite national parks, closed campgrounds at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, reduced hours at the Grand Canyon visitor center and other ramifications.

The Obama administration says these cuts must be made in order to make the $85 billion in cuts from Congress’ failure to avert the sequester. At the NPS, the agency was dealing with an across-the-board 5 percent cut.

Republicans have claimed the administration is making some cuts in order to exaggerate the impact. Lawmakers this past week revealed a leaked email from the Agriculture Department in which a field officer appeared to tell his team that he was instructed not to contradict the bosses’ warnings about the cuts.

Republicans have claimed the administration is making some cuts in order to exaggerate the impact. Lawmakers this past week revealed a leaked email from the Agriculture Department in which a field officer appeared to tell his team that he was instructed not to contradict the bosses’ warnings about the cuts.

At the Park Service, the alleged incident occurred in one region and it’s unclear whether other divisions were given similar guidance.Continue Reading