Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Pirate’s Cove, The Daley Gator, Flappr, and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links!

Now then: Right here in the Great Land, specifically up at Denali National Park, a transplant from Portland, Oregon has started some shit.

The crew working on a 475-foot-long bridge in Alaska’s Denali National Park was recently told that they could no longer fly the American flag from their trucks or heavy equipment, which are being used in the $207 million Federal Highway Administration project.

The bridge is being built by Granite Construction, after a 2021 rockslide took out a portion of the popular Denali Park Road that is used by visitors and tour buses to access more remote areas of the national park.

Here’s the onion:

According to the contractor, Denali National Park Superintendent Brooke Merrell contacted the man overseeing the federal highways project, claiming there had been complaints about the U.S. flags, and notifying him that bridge workers must stop flying the stars and strips from their vehicles because it detracts from the “park experience.”

And then this happened:

“Here I am in a national park, and we’re being told we can’t fly the American flag,” the contractor continued. “I understand there are rules for contractors working in the national parks, but you wouldn’t think flying the American flag would be part of those rules.”

He blamed Superintendent Merrell, who took control of the park in 2022. At the time, she was celebrated as the first-ever female to serve as superintendent in 105-year-old park.

Merrell moved to Alaska in 2009 as a transportation planner and environmental coordinator. A Pennsylvania native, she received a master’s degree in urban planning. Prior to moving to Alaska, she worked for the City of Portland and the Gulf Islands National Seashore, along with left-leaning environmentalist and social justice groups such as DNA People’s Legal Services and Columbia Riverkeeper.

“When these liberals get in charge of these parks, that’s how it is,” the crewman said.

Portland.  What is it with fucking Portland, that it seems to breed these assholes?  Granted I’m not at my most detached on this topic, but this, honestly, should be grounds for disciplinary action, if not outright dismissal.  Who the hell thinks it’s appropriate to order the cessation of displaying the American flag – in a United States National Park?

However, Alaskans, in their own way, are dealing with it.

Despite a decision by Denali National Park officials to bar construction workers in the park from displaying American flags from their trucks, Old Glory will be on full display on May 26.

In the wake of park officials’ decision to ban U.S. flags from construction vehicles, Alaskans are planning a patriotic convoy to the park’s main entrance.

One convoy is set for a two-hour drive from the Fairbanks Walmart to the park.

This is the way.  Show them how it’s done, Alaska, and to the National Park Service, you’d better either discipline this horse’s ass, and if this isn’t grounds for dismissal, then you had damn well better transfer her to some locality where her stupid ideas won’t enrage a good portion of the population.  Hell, send her back to Portland.  They wouldn’t know a patriot down there if one punched them in the head.