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Offline happyg

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Feds Try to Close the OCEAN Because of Shutdown
« on: October 05, 2013, 11:30:25 AM »
Just before the weekend, the National Park Service informed charter boat captains in Florida that the Florida Bay was "closed" due to the shutdown. Until government funding is restored, the fishing boats are prohibited from taking anglers into 1,100 square-miles of open ocean. Fishing is also prohibited at Biscayne National Park during the shutdown.

The Park Service will also have rangers on duty to police the ban. Of access to an ocean. The government will probably use more personnel and spend more resources to attempt to close the ocean, than it would in its normal course of business.

This is governing by temper-tantrum. It is on par with the government's ham-fisted attempts to close the DC WWII Memorial, an open-air public monument that is normally accessible 24 hours a day. By accessible I mean, you walk up to it. When you have finished reflecting, you then walk away from it.

At least that Memorial is an actual structure, with some kind of perimeter that can be fenced off. Florida Bay is the ocean. How, pray tell, do you "close" 1,100 square miles of ocean? Why would one even need to do so?

Apparently, according to an anonymous Park Service ranger, “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

Centuries ago, King Canute famously failed to command the ocean tide to stop. His display was actually a means to educate his subjects on the limits of royal power. Today, however, our President actually believes he has the power to control the oceans.

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Re: Feds Try to Close the OCEAN Because of Shutdown
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2013, 12:17:12 PM »
I think every fishing boat in the area ought to head right out into Florida Bay, it'd be pretty entertaining seeing the "shutdown" government trying to round up hundreds of boats over an 1,100 square mile space. The video would be priceless.
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Re: Feds Try to Close the OCEAN Because of Shutdown
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2013, 02:10:06 PM »
It is hereby mandated that every individual cease breathing O2 until further notice.

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Re: Feds Try to Close the OCEAN Because of Shutdown
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2013, 06:25:27 PM »
This is similar to what I heard a few days ago from a caller to Jim Quinn's radio show. The caller, a resident of the Outer Banks, said the gubmint was trying to prevent people from entering the "national seashore" areas around Ocracoke and environs.
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