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October 2, 2013 - 8:13 am
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The Claude Moore Colonial Farm, in McLean, Virginia, presents a slice of 1771 to the thousands of visitors who visit it every year. But until further notice, its website is warning visitors away.

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The living history farm is dead, at least for now.

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“It’s a perfect fall day, and yet we can’t do anything,” Managing Director Anna Eberly told me in a phone interview. Eberly has managed the Claude Moore Colonial Farm for 32 years. Before managing the farm, she worked for the National Park Service.

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Visitors unaware of how the farm is run are apt to conclude that the government shutdown, now two days old, is directly responsible for the farm’s closing. But Eberly sent a note Wednesday morning to the park’s email list. In the email, Eberly says, “For the first time in 40 years, the National Park Service (NPS) has finally succeeded in closing the Farm down to the public. In previous budget dramas, the Farm has always been exempted since the NPS provides no staff or resources to operate the Farm.”

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm, Eberly says, has thrived even as the federal government has treated it with “benign neglect” for decades. That benign neglect would serve it better than the barricades now surrounding it.

Eberly writes that the NPS has already gone out of its way to disrupt an event at the farm: “The first casualty of this arbitrary action was the McLean Chamber of Commerce who were having a large annual event at the Pavilion on Tuesday evening. The NPS sent the Park Police over to remove the Pavilion’s staff and Chamber volunteers from the property while they were trying to set up for their event. Fortunately, the Chamber has friends and they were able to move to another location and salvage what was left of their party. You do have to wonder about the wisdom of an organization that would use staff they don’t have the money to pay to evict visitors from a park site that operates without costing them any money.”

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This is where a Republican or Tea Party candidate for public office holds a press conference or an event.

To make a point about how petty, mendacious and incompetent Obama is.
43 weeks ago
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Gooooood Moooorning AAAmmeeerricacaa.

How do you like being blackmailed by your government ?

They wanted Hope, they became subjects. Soon to be serfs. John Adams is being proved correct.
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my co-worker's sister makes $78 every hour on the computer. She has been laid off for six months but last month her pay was $21376 just working on the computer for a few hours. i was reading this------>> WWW.Rush64.COM
42 weeks ago
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Where: Minute Man National Historic Park

When: Sunday October 6th at noon

Why: they have closed this heritage site to the public because of the government shutdown.....we will see about that!

Please get the word out!

Sincerely,

Paul Revere
43 weeks ago
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Art Burner: Just pretend it was the evil Bush administration putting up barricades to block entrances to private property. Would you be talking about the cost of toilet paper and trash? And you think, A) Federal workers actually perform these functions and B) Even if they did, no one else could do it, even temporarily. And what does insurance have to do with anything? The same insurance policy that was good on Monday is good today. It takes federal workers and federal money to carry out all this unnecessary harassment. If that's going on, there really is no shutdown, there's just shutdown theater, which is expensive to run.
43 weeks ago
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Had this actually been 1771, there would have been Resistance.
43 weeks ago
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The National Park Service just posted a video celebrating Women of Islam. How stupid is this Jihad?
43 weeks ago
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We hope you like the chains and you may change into your rags any time.
43 weeks ago
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So the National Park Service is now acting like the Gestapo. I guess that is all we can expect from the National Socialist Democratic Action Party and its leader, Commander Zero. As Mark Twain famously said of all politicians, but with particular application to Commander Zero and his acolytes, if the lips are moving s/he is lying.
43 weeks ago
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If we had a honest News Meduia, things like this could not or would not happen. This shows the utter contempt the president holds for this country. The only nonessencial people in this government seems to be the Democrat politicians.
43 weeks ago
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Maybe instead of throwing tea into Boston Harbor, we should start piling up barricades....

The question here is not whether or not to shut down parks. It has to do with actively engaging government resources specifically to close down something that does not actively engage government resources for its ongoing activity. That is pure political theatre.
43 weeks ago
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No, Allan, not barricades. Start throwing rat bastard commie politicians into Boston Harbor. It's so polluted they won't hurt it.
43 weeks ago
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Clearly Obummer hates farm museums, just like he hates real farmers (at least American ones. He loooves him some Muslim/Marxist farmers). This is truly the most important story of the day, thanks for bringing this to our attention. He is just trying to make this crisis he created harder for ordinary Americans, at least for the 20 people a week who might visit this place. Why does Obummer hate farm museums?
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