Where Have You Gone, Smokey we once loved (www.clevelandseniors.com)
And stomp that Ranger’s hat to dust! Who knew Rangers were such a cranky bunch of militants? Well, actually, about anyone who’s had to deal with one of them, and on the Central Coast they are everywhere, armed, and not very pleasant.
”THIS LAND IS MY LAND. STEP AWAY FROM MY TREES, MY MONUMENTS.”
Troubling to see Forest Rangers turning against civilians who hired them. And against WWII Vets, Vietnam Vets, foreign tourists, joggers in the park. I think they need de-funding. Let’s eliminate the jobs. They’ve been given an extraordinary power which may not even be legal. And they’re enjoying it way too much. The picture below is from a Redding newspaper; ranger arresting a house painter for posting his business flier in a national park.
The Christian Science Monitor did a great story on the excesses we’re seeing, called “Catch Me If You Can.” Worth a read. These are the last paragraphs….(Full Story Click Here).
“On Monday, the US Sportsmen’s Alliance joined the fray, sending Mr. Obama a letter protesting the shuttering of public hunting lands and inland fisheries at the cusp of the hunting season.
The letter stated that the closures are happening on lands deemed by law to be “priority public use,” which sportsmen argue supersedes any quibbling over the federal budget. The lands were not closed during government shutdowns in 1995 and ’96, notes USSA president Nick Pinizzotto, in a press release.
“Not only are these closures unnecessary, they run contrary to law,” he said. “This is ‘political theatre’ at its very worst.” “