UPDATE: WWII MEMORIAL PRIVATELY FUNDED! – Obama sends more barricades to WWII Memorial to keep veterans out

***LATEST UPDATES ARE AT THE BOTTOM***

Yeah, it looks like we’re going to need an open thread for this:

To quote Allahpundit on Twiter, “Never go full A-hole.” And that’s exactly what the administration is doing:

So if they are paying people to set up barricades, couldn’t they pay people to keep the park open? This is so stupid…

UPDATE: Apparently the Park Service workers don’t like being on camera and fled:

UPDATE II: Vets are on the way!

What Twitter is saying:

UPDATE III: One more:

UPDATE IV: You won’t believe the administration’s excuse to barricade the WWII memorial:

Via Jake Tapper:

Why was there a need for barricades in the first place?

“Park Service did not want to barricade these, but unfortunately we have been directed, because of the lack of appropriations, to close all facilities and grounds,” said National Mall and Memorial parks spokeswoman Carol Johnson.

I know that this is an open-air memorial, but we have people on staff who are CPR trained, (and) we want to make sure that we have maintenance crew to take care of any problems. What we’re trying to do is protect this resource for future generations,” said Johnson.

CNN’s Erin McPike reports.

See Legal Insurrection for more about the 1995 shutdown.

UPDATE V: Vets have arrived!

UPDATE VI: More from Charlie Sperling who is on the ground there for the Washington Examiner:



And of course this!

And for the protest sign of the day:

SIDE UPDATE: “Tear down this wall” protester is a Marine vet:

UPDATE VII: VETS ARE JUST MINUTES AWAY!

And a message from the Park Police:

UPDATE VIII: CONFIRMED – White House OMB behind closing of National Park:

UPDATE IX: HERE COME THE VETS!

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UPDATE X: Barricades were breached without incident:

UPDATE XI: Ok this made me laugh:

Here’s a few more:

Even more:

And a hateful one from Claire McCaskill:

UPDATE XII: And for the icing on the cake via Weasel Zippers:

The National World War II Memorial was funded almost entirely by private contributions, as specified in Public Law 103-32. The campaign received more than $197 million in cash and pledges. Support came from hundreds of thousands of individual Americans, hundreds of corporations and foundations, veterans groups, dozens of civic, fraternal and professional organizations, states and one territory, and students in 1,200 schools across the country.

Donated and pledged funds were used to cover the total project costs of approximately $182 million. These costs include site selection and design, construction and sculpture, a National Park Service maintenance fee required by the Commemorative Works Act, groundbreaking and dedication ceremonies, fund raising, and the 11-year administrative costs of the project from its inception in 1993 through completion in 2004.

Remaining funds are held on deposit with the U.S. Treasury in a National WWII Memorial Trust Fund. The funds will be used by the American Battle Monuments Commission solely to benefit the World War II Memorial.

The White House will counter something about staff and CPR and taxpayer money…but it doesn’t require staff and it wasn’t even built with taxpayer money. But this president has it closed anyway. What a wanker.

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Crushed Luminary
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Crushed Luminary

Odd isn’t it? All one needs to do is go to the website and click funding. http://www.wwiimemorial.com/default.asp?page=funding.asp

Jerome Jenkins
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Jerome Jenkins

“So if they are paying people to set up barricades, couldn’t they pay people to keep the park open?”

Barricades don’t earn a salary. The park rangers that are required to keep the park safe and maintained do. How can you be so obtuse?

modette99
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modette99

Setting up and manning barricades do earn a salary. All that cost, and fork left cost to run and operate give me a break. I’m sure we can get a group together to pick up trash if that is needed…not a huge deal there. It was a privately funded site and thus has no business being closed. What we should cut our the USFS jobs, obviously they have too much funding. Maybe all that land taken from States should be given back and let each state decide how to manage their land.

booksbenji
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booksbenji

JUST 4YI:IT’S BOUT TIME THAT SUM1 IS USING THIER NODDLES

Park service: Honor Flight visits are a ‘First Amendment activity’ WASHINGTON — World War II vets are allowed back in their war memorial now, shutdown or no shutdown.

A day after hundreds of tourist veterans took over the closed down World War II Memorial in the heart of the Nation’s Capital, the United States Park Police announced that planned Honor Flight visits to the monument are considered “First Amendment activities,” which are allowed regardless of the government’s operating status.

http://www.stripes.com/news/park-service-honor-flight-visits-are-a-first-amendment-activity-1.244676?=&utm_source=Stars+and+Stripes+Emails&utm_campaign=Daily+Headlines&utm_medium=email

modette99
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modette99

Still sad that Rangers who are Americans are going to uphold any kind of crazy idea like shutting down a site. How about people kicked out of their homes in NV, or the Business forced to close on the Blue Ridge Parkway although Parkway is still open. And all they say is “I’m following orders”…well maybe don’t follow them *shrug*

Bill Benge
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Bill Benge

Those men FOUGHT, spilled their blood, guts,
& tears; went without food, water, and other supplies; spent
sleepless nights in foxholes wet , tired, hungry, & cold; missed the
births of their children, birthdays, holidays, & other momentous life
events like the first words or steps of their child; and watched some
of their best friends die so that these clowns in Washington would be
free to have a government free of tyranny. The current administration
has ignored the SACRIFICES that these men made and should be run out of
Washington DC on a rail tarred & feathered. Had those sent to
“enforce” that closure of the national monuments attempted to stop these
veterans they may have started a civil war. WWII, Korea, Viet Nam,
Iraq, & Afghan vets this American salutes you& thanks you.

John Johnson
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John Johnson

All I have to say to the workers that would rather be cutting the grass than blocking a memorial paid for with taxes…go cut the grass! They should have used those zip ties to sandwich McCaskill between the barricades.

kong1967
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kong1967

Lol, that would have been funny.

Rich Neusse
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Rich Neusse

You mean Claire Cochise McCaskill, just checkin’?

John Johnson
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John Johnson

Yep…she’s done enough damage in a short 6 years. She needs to go at the next election. I guess that would be in ’18 for her Senate seat.

modette99
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modette99

Sadly that is why there should be term limits

F Plang
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F Plang

Bachmann needs to be voted out. She supports the spying on AMerican citizens by the NSA by not voting on Justin Amash’s anti-spying bill. Vote her out!

Lydo
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Lydo

HonorFlight has the right idea. I wish we would all take their lead.

rickth
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rickth

Unfortunately, in the next election cycle, the party I just left, republicans, won’t dare mention this transgression, or any other by the dems. The career politicians of both parties are more interested in getting the scoop on the next big stock move, or the private jet get away to some resort, to be concerned about things so petty as protecting citizens’ rights. barry’s in good company because impeachment proceedings should already be well underway.

John Johnson
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John Johnson

Rick…if you are in a legislative district or state that has a RINO up for re-election I woul dencourage you to change back to Republican. Get with the Tea Party or another conservative group and find out who can run against the RINO in a primary. Get rid of them even before the general election. That’s how we change things…fight – don’t run.

Kim
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Kim

Try the constitution party. That’s where I switched to.

denbren52
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denbren52

Today would have been my Dad’s 91st birthday (Happy Birthday Dad!!!). Sadly, he has been gone for 4 1/2 years now. Dad had a pretty simple bucket list in his last few years: He wanted to see Ireland and he wanted to see the World War II Memorial in Washington DC. The trip to Ireland is one I will never forget because of the joy it brought to him. My only regret is that I was never able to keep the promise to get hime to the WW II Memorial before he got too sick to travel. Now, there is an organization called Honor Flight (HonorFlight.org) that is making these wishes come true for our WW II Veterans. As they say on the web site, time is running out for these veterans. An estimated 640 WW II Vets die each day. Today, there are barricades blocking these veterans from fulfilling… Read more »

SurfinUSA
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SurfinUSA

Who does McCaskill think she is fooling? What a dumb bitch. i wouldn’t shake her hand. It would take a week to get the grease off of mine.

SheerPolitics
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SheerPolitics

Congress is having a tough time, apparently. They have to open their own doors and push elevator buttons! Horror!

http://twitchy.com/2013/10/01/the-bleeding-continues-congressional-elevator-button-pushers-become-latest-shutdown-casualty/

Kevin
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Kevin

Lmao, these vets took down the walls of Normandy, took over islands inch by inch. What makes those morons think they can block the vets with those puny fences?

SurfinUSA
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SurfinUSA

My uncle was a pathfinder and parachuted into Normandy the night before. If he were still alive he would hang glide his way into the Memorial.

Rich Neusse
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Rich Neusse

Amen, Kevin.

tinlizzieowner
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tinlizzieowner
tinlizzieowner
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tinlizzieowner

ONE barricade (to hang a ‘closed’ sign on), at the WW1 Memorial. (None of them left alive to insult). wink

JohnCraven
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JohnCraven

These great vets breeched these BARACKades as quickly as they breeched the BARACKades at the beaches of Normandy and did it from wheel chairs. To think Nero Obama, the BORG Queen, can pump up his chest and put down disabled and very elderly American vets but hasn’t got the spine to stand up to Putin or Assad or Iran or any of the other world class tyrants that these vets made mince meat 70 years ago. I hope our TEA Party congressmen and congresswomen show up at the WWII Memorial every day to make sure Nero Obama doesn’t find the courage to put down these WWII Vets again and that they never again have to storm BARACKades to get into their own memorial like it was a beach on Normandy. I also hope that the reporters who published these great photos of the WWII vets stormin’ their own memorial will… Read more »

tinlizzieowner
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tinlizzieowner

The liberals who called us ‘Baby Killers’ when we got back from Viet Nam are all of a sudden ‘pro-troop’?
Right, spin me another one. wink wink

tinker_thinker
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tinker_thinker

I feel that, my hubby a Nam vet also….can’t think of a better revenge for their hatred than get up their and kick them all out.

tinker_thinker
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tinker_thinker

Hey, maybe it’s time for us to take over where they (wwII) vets left off. Maybe we are the greatest generation yet…..?

Ryan Lange
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Ryan Lange

If we were as great as the greatest nation, we wouldn’t be having this discussion, we’d be stomping in skulls.

steprock
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steprock

This is about to become a battleground of us vs this regime. I predict it is their Alamo

K-Bob
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K-Bob

I hope barack’s leg gets the same treatment as Santa Ana’s.

K-Bob
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K-Bob

You guys are making me proud. ( Heh. Most of you , anyway!) I know how mad you are, but you’re working on your proper, vituperative discourse, rather than using tawdry vulgarities. Well done! Remember how much fun the creator of Doonsbury had, portraying the Nixon White House as being behind sandbags, and barricades? Oh, they laffed and laffed. But we can’t portray barack that way! Ohhh no0Oo0o. Well the pressure’s on now, barack. We have had our limit with your pustulent presence. Your disrespect for the Constitution, the office you hold, and the furniture we provide you is emblematic of a festering, damaged hatred that would be the admiration of any of the millions of filthy jihadists your policies have spawned around the globe. You are the effluent and the flies upon it. As the author of this current misery, and the owner of this collapse, you will be… Read more »

tinlizzieowner
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tinlizzieowner

Well put, Bob. smile

SurfinUSA
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SurfinUSA

The White House Milk Dud is flying to Asia on Friday, leaving all the open microphones to the Republicans. Can you imagine a dumber political move?

Pyrran
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Pyrran

I hope he stays there.

John Johnson
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John Johnson

I hope he doesn’t make it!

texasgirl46
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texasgirl46

Breaks my heart…..

lonestar
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lonestar

I hear they are doubling down on the barrycades tomorrow and will be using sandbags to reinforce the fences.
There is no reason other than evil for this to be done.
(Sorry, can’t help it, this struck a chord with me and is sending me over the edge)

standbesideherUSA
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standbesideherUSA

Me too! The American people can, and HAVE, endured a lot, but NOT the disrespecting of our VETERANS! No Way. Period.

MaroonRepublic
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MaroonRepublic

I hear you. The tides need to turn.

dave
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dave

IMPEACH the GOV’T.

standbesideherUSA
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standbesideherUSA

I think I saw a video today that showed Congressman Gohmert and other republicans moving the barriers so the vets could enter…did anyone else see that?

THIS IS NO WAY TO RUN A COUNTRY MR PRESIDENT!

standbesideherUSA
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standbesideherUSA

This is from The Blaze:
On Wednesday, a large wave of veterans defied the shutdown order
and stormed the World War II memorial *with the help of multiple members
of Congress.* So, I suppose that’s the video I saw earlier today.

SurfinUSA
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SurfinUSA

Mark Levin warned the White House that if any Administration goon touched even one silver hair on the head of any of the WWII vets, that he would have 100,000’s of people at the War Memorial in a blink of an eye. He told Louie Gohmert and left poor Louie gasping for air. Mark “double dared” Obama to cross the line. I love it when ML goes ballistic!

John Johnson
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John Johnson

I’m just waiting for the word from Mark. I’ll take time off – gladly. It’s a short drive from Southern Maryland!

brian
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brian
texasgirl46
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texasgirl46

Excellent……..

brian
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brian

thank you

Sallyjohanna
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Sallyjohanna

Thanks that was great….

twoblackcats
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twoblackcats

Excellent and encouraging. Especially when many of us feel so beaten down by the government but mostly by the MSM coverage. Nice to know we’re not alone out here. And, go vets!

Stehekin912
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Stehekin912

You know what’s worse than the Petulant Brat having a tantrum and shutting down the People’s monuments, parks and museums (privately funded or not)?
The federal employees and others LETTING him!
What is the matter with them? All they have to do is JUST SAY NO and let the people in.

aposematic
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aposematic

Dictators do whatever they want to their subjects. How you liking your ObumaNOcare, illegally being enforced since the Dictator changes the Law at his whim every day, now subjects?

holdingrabbits
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holdingrabbits

That word, “dictator…” it does not mean what you think it means. If by changing the law at his whim you mean “got a law passed,” then you are correct. Using rhetoric is an insult to countries who actually have dictators with no hopes of elections. If you can’t see the difference between Obama and someone like Kim Jong Un, then you have a serious problem.

FreeManWalking
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FreeManWalking

This story should hit every local media across America.

standbesideherUSA
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standbesideherUSA

”WE’RE MAD AS HE## AND WE’RE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!!” (yes, I’m shouting.)

brian
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brian
standbesideherUSA
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standbesideherUSA

Thank you Brian. Loved it!

steprock
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steprock

Levin just wrapped up an EPIC rant! Lay one hand on those vets and well unleash hell on you!

tinlizzieowner
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tinlizzieowner

I couldn’t have stated what Levin said better myself.

dave7777
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dave7777

I’ll go to DC to help tear down the wall. I have a full time job, but this transcends it. What organization do we have that will provide the rally point? Let’s get the motorcycle brigade back. Those guys will help tear down the wall!
PS: I am a vet.

Glen Saunders
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Glen Saunders

Not one dime of taxpayer money was used for this Memorial……The current administration is playing politics with something that belongs to the Veterans not the US Government. If we need to come back to Washington and reopen this memorial we can do that.

warpmine
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warpmine

Time for a simulated Bangalor torpedo.

2muchcafe
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2muchcafe

We need to close Obama’s AF one down. See if he can walk to golf.

lonestar
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lonestar

The saddest part is these Honorable Veterans had to wait 50 years to even get a Memorial, and now they are being refused permission to visit it.

keyesforpres
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keyesforpres

I agree. I never understood why it took so long.

warpmine
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warpmine

It’s because they didn’t whine enough about their ordeal. They already knew the country wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them and most immediate generation following them knew it to. Never the less, it should have been constructed decades ago to properly honor those that risked it all. God blessed all of us with an entire generation that knew what to do and may He bless all of those that fought and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

I’m not dissing the vets from the other wars, it’s just we kind of got it backwards and that is a shame.

clevonlittle
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clevonlittle

I don’t know………coming home from WWII there were a lot of celebrations and the vets service was commended. Coming back from Korea and Vietnam the folks weren’t greeted with anything although the wounds were just as gruesome and the the deaths mourned as deeply . Look after the ones coming home now………………bet all the WWII guys say the same.

warpmine
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warpmine

You may indeed be correct. With so few left, the reminders aren’t as evident as they were three and four decades ago.

tinlizzieowner
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tinlizzieowner

WW2 was the last war this whole country was involved in. Since then, there has been fat and happy class, sitting at home, doing nothing but complaining. sad

lonestar
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lonestar

Are they still guarding the Tomb of the Unknown? Is Arlington open or closed?

JamesPowell75
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JamesPowell75

The Old Guard will always stand vigilant.

lonestar
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lonestar

I wouldn’t put it past barry to order them to stand down. After all, he ordered them to hold an umbrella over the PM of Turkey.

jrt 82
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jrt 82

They would refuse.

Highlandtwp
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Highlandtwp

This regime is lawless through and through, top to bottom, inside out. Pathetic spectacle. Such hate for the American people on display for the world to see.

boatkitten
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boatkitten

Can you believe this crap!!!?? Have you ever in your life seen such hate?

Do these morons honestly think we will believe that OBAMA shut down the WWII memorial? I am SO SICK OF THIS!

jlbs
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jlbs

You may believe whatever you want. And I am sick of this too. God bless our veterans and all who serve to protect our country.

AJ
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AJ

It wasn’t shut down or Obama didn’t make the call? The park representative admitted that the WH directed the closure, so…are you lying like Obama or what?

lonestar
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lonestar

Why you screaming? The park service already said the order came from The White House.

keyesforpres
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keyesforpres

Why AREN’T YOU SCREAMING??????????????????????

lonestar
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lonestar

Perhaps I am confused, I read boatkitten’s comment to mean Obama didn’t order the shutdown and she is sick of us stating otherwise.

keyesforpres
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keyesforpres

Oops!! My bad!! You are correct. I reread it and realized she’s a drone defending the Bowing Usurper.
I’ll delete my comment. I’m sorry.

2muchcafe
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2muchcafe

Believe what you want, but it is truth. If you don’t like the truth, too bad, too sad, it is still the truth.

keyesforpres
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keyesforpres

We agree! We are so sick of Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

notebene
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notebene

Yep…I hate this coward of a POTUS with every breath I take! I also hate anyone ignorant enough to defend his treasonous acts against the citizens of this nation! Too much honesty for ya? I’ll go further to say that every member of his administration is also treasonous evil scum that have spit on all Americans! Go ahead…defend that piece of slime here! Give it a shot…I got all night and I’m ready to rumble!

notebene
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notebene

Come on boat kitten…watcha got? Do you think it is right that this POTUS lied to all of us on how transparent his administration would be and then passed a law that nobody ready, but his cronies benefitted from? How about that all the folks that fought for that poisonous law, got waivers and also are getting federal subsidies to get cadillac policies on our tax payer dollars? Come on, baby…defend the indefensible! Bring it!

kimmy
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kimmy

How can you defend him? It was ordered by the White House department of management and budget. He is a traitor and a liar. You are deceived, take your blinders off and see what is right in front of you. READ, investigate find the truth for your self. Stop just listening to the talking heads on TV. If you where honest with your self and spent a considerable amount of time researching what the rest of us have found you would not support him because I am sure you are not a moron. We are not morons but we would be if we did not fight for what we know is truth. We fight so you have the freedom to voice you opinion. We are angry because we don’t want a single citizen in this country to lose their freedom. We are America and we will fight.

K-Bob
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K-Bob

Who should we believe, you or our lying eyes?

sybilll
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sybilll

You should have at least changed your DU name before you came here, idiot.

kong1967
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kong1967

No staff and no government money used to keep it open, yet Obama shuts it down and ushers in 7 security workers. I knew Obama would target whoever he could, but this should be illegal. It’s not funded by government, and this is as hateful and despicable as you can get.

aposematic
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aposematic

Bingo! Obuma/Demonrats are worse than petulant twits.

Debby
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Debby

I wish my father could have visited this Memorial!

keyesforpres
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keyesforpres

Posted in the wrong spot.

lonestar
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lonestar

If my father was alive to visit this (his) Memorial and the Memorial for which his brother died, he would have personally beat the crap out of any park employee who tried to stop him.

Debby
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Debby

My father would have helped him along with scores of others!

jrt1031
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jrt1031

they had to pay someone to barricade an open monument to prove what political point???

keyesforpres
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keyesforpres

That they truly are the J A C K A $ $ party.

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