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Bryan Preston


October 10, 2013 - 1:40 pm

Amy Holmes has uncovered yet another example of the National Park Service’s arbitrary and capricious shutdown tactics.

Following up on a tip sent in by a vigilant Blaze reader, I made a quick call to San Francisco’sPresidio Golf Club, this morning. I can confirm that the public golf course, clubhouse and café are cheerfully open for business — all sit on the same national park land as the privately owned and operated, and currently shuttered, Cliff House restaurant.

Like the Cliff House, the golf club operates as a private vendor on national park land. Unlike the Cliff House, however, it is a member of the nationally renowned Arnold Palmer Golf Management empire which oversees 74 golf clubs, public and private, across the country, including the posh private Hoakalei Country Club on the island of Oahu.

Arnold Palmer can fight back if the rangers are ordered to shut his golf course down. Kids who just wanted to build sand castles have no voice in Washington.

Don’t get me wrong, the fact that the golf course is open is good news. It’s also proof that Obama is orchestrating the shutdown strategy in order to hurt the most Americans possible without generating massive blowback from powerful forces like Arnold Palmer or the National Rifle Association. Obama is the bully who knows which of his potential victims are most likely to punch him in the nose. So he avoids offending them when he can.

He miscalculated a few times, most notably when he took on veterans at the World War II Memorial, when he denied benefits to families of slain military members, when DoD nearly canceled the Air Force-Navy football game, and when the NPS went Gestapo at Yellowstone and the Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean, VA.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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I expect the Disney Museum and Lucas property are open too. This is Pelosi's district.
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Arbitrary, capricious and in some cases unconscionable, such as stranding school kids by blocking the only road safe for buses and barricading people inside of buildings.

The Pisgah Inn obtained a court order to reopen. I hope some of those who might not be able to afford legal counsel are getting help from the conservative legal groups.

There may be more than bullying going on, too, in the choice of targets. There are many in the NPS who are hostile to residential or commercial activities and who look for opportunities to discourage human activity around "their" parks.

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It's only us serfs who are to be hurt, not the nobility.
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