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Senior Citizens ‘Locked In Hotel’ At Yellowstone

From the Massachusetts Newburyport News:

‘Gestapo’ tactics meet senior citizens at Yellowstone

By John Macone | October 8, 2013

NEWBURYPORT — Pat Vaillancourt went on a trip last week that was intended to showcase some of America’s greatest treasures. Instead, the Salisbury resident said she and others on her tour bus witnessed an ugly spectacle that made her embarrassed, angry and heartbroken for her country.

Vaillancourt was one of thousands of people who found themselves in a national park as the federal government shutdown went into effect on Oct. 1. For many hours her tour group, which included senior citizen visitors from Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States, were locked in a Yellowstone National Park hotel under armed guard.

Maybe they were mistaken for Tea Party jihadists?

The tourists were treated harshly by armed park employees, she said, so much so that some of the foreign tourists with limited English skills thought they were under arrest.

When finally allowed to leave, the bus was not allowed to halt at all along the 2.5-hour trip out of the park, not even to stop at private bathrooms that were open along the route.

“We’ve become a country of fear, guns and control,” said Vaillancourt, who grew up in Lawrence. “It was like they brought out the armed forces. Nobody was saying, ‘we’re sorry,’ it was all like — ” as she clenched her fist and banged it against her forearm.

Vaillancourt took part in a nine-day tour of western parks and sites along with about four dozen senior citizen tourists. One of the highlights of the tour was to be Yellowstone, where they arrived just as the shutdown went into effect…

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.

One thing this shutdown has proved is that for some people a little power is a dangerous thing. And for people like Obama, a very dangerous thing. — But on the bright side, I think we have finally found ‘big foot.’

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.

“They looked like Hulk Hogans, armed. They told us you can’t go outside,” she said. “Some of the Asians who were on the tour said, ‘Oh my God, are we under arrest?’ They felt like they were criminals.” …

As the bus made its 2.5-hour journey out of Yellowstone, the tour guide made arrangements to stop at a full-service bathroom at an in-park dude ranch he had done business with in the past. Though the bus had its own small bathroom, Vaillancourt said seniors were looking for a more comfortable place to stop. But no stop was made — Vaillancourt said the dude ranch had been warned that its license to operate would be revoked if it allowed the bus to stop. So the bus continued on to Livingston, Mont., a gateway city to the park…

The tour guide, Gordon Hodgson, who accused the park service of “Gestapo tactics.” …

Many of the foreign visitors were shocked and dismayed by what had happened and how they were treated, Vaillancourt said.  “A lot of people who were foreign said they wouldn’t come back (to America),” she said.

It looks like none of us can go back to the America we once knew.

Meanwhile, from the Associated Press:

Grand Canyon Cites People For Entering Closed Park

October 8, 2013

TUSAYAN, Ariz. (AP) — Nearly two dozen people have been issued citations for entering Grand Canyon National Park after a partial government shutdown forced its closure.

Grand Canyon Chief Ranger Bill Wright says some people have been caught at the South Rim, on trails, attempting rim-to-rim hikes or trying to sneak in through dirt roads.

All of the citations will be handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Wright says each of the 21 citations issued as of Monday has a mandatory order to appear in federal court.

A state highway that runs through the national park was closed after Grand Canyon officials found tourists removing barricades at overlooks along the road. Wright says law enforcement will be patrolling the park around the clock…

And yet Arizona can’t ticket illegal aliens without having the DOJ on their necks.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Senior Citizens ‘Locked In Hotel’ At Yellowstone”

  1. Petronius says:

    “There we have the progressive cat, a great brute of an animal, clear out of the bag.”
    – Evelyn Waugh

  2. GetBackJack says:

    This would not happen but for one detail … armed thugs who are willing to take pay to enforce these Edicts. Let me clearer, armed American men willing to threaten, coerce and detain American citizens under the color of Law.

    Without these armed thugs, Obama’s edicts would have no force. I want to know who among us signed up to be thugs.

  3. Astravogel says:

    A Congressional investigation of the perpetrators, at all levels
    of Government (especially whoever ordered this) is justified, and
    superiors who ordered these actions should be fired forthwith.
    They should NOT be placed in other governmental positions. Ever.

  4. canary says:

    I googled photos of seniors held at yellowstone park 2013 and I got a photo of Valerie Jarrett and a quote captioned she is alleged to have said in 2012

    “After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over and we have two judges ready to go.” –

    Clicked to go to page and there was a photo above hers of a lodge. I want pictures of the hulk hogans. I do understand the lack of phone use in the park. With so many foreigners they have a good chance to sue and win.


  5. Mithrandir says:

    Meanwhile, 8 democrats get arrested when their illegal amnesty protest march entered the FORBIDDEN and CLOSED Washington Mall.

    …..And 0 Republicans were arrested for trying to force open the mall for visitors and 90 year old World War 2 veterans.

    –as I have said before, democrats are just better at politics, period!

  6. Astravogel says:

    Somebody’s gonna get killed. Just wait and see. I can see it now,
    a WW II geezer will be shocked into a heart attack by an over zealous
    Park Ranger, or Park Police, or whatever, and die.

    • Noyzmakr says:

      A more likely scenario will be one of those ‘old geezers’ with nothing to loose will come to the park with a concealed Colt.45 and blow away some unsuspecting jackbooted thug.

    • canary says:

      Well it is legal to carry on National Parks. That is why I still want to see what to see pictures of the armed park rangers that looked like armed Hulk Hogans. If an armed looking Hulk Hogan with a bandana, black leather, and chains came up to people, I would think no one would believe it was a park ranger.

      ” locked inside the hotel, where armed rangers stayed at the door.
      “They looked like Hulk Hogans, armed. They told us you can’t go outside,” she said.

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