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2013-02-18 02:48:07 PM
This is why all towns with a population of > 30 people need a SWAT team and all the goodies - for public safety.
 
2013-02-18 02:55:16 PM
Full of eels.
 
2013-02-18 02:55:58 PM

Lord Snoopy's G.P.E.H.: Full of eels.


+1
 
2013-02-18 02:56:18 PM
If we can save one life, isn't it our duty to act, regardless of cost?
 
2013-02-18 02:57:05 PM
FTFA: Officials said the hovercraft costs about $100,000 and would be used to glide across ice or shallow water to rescue people in tough spots.

i0.kym-cdn.com
 
2013-02-18 03:00:21 PM
I'm actually surprised it would only cost 100k.  I mean, a hovercraft might not be super useful, but that's really not a bad deal as government boondoggles go.
 
2013-02-18 03:00:36 PM

Ed Finnerty: FTFA: Officials said the hovercraft costs about $100,000 and would be used to glide across ice or shallow water to rescue people in tough spots.

[i0.kym-cdn.com image 273x200]


Well, they tried to get one of those non-gliding hovercrafts, but apparently those are boats.
 
2013-02-18 03:00:56 PM
Things Pittsburgh needs, in no order: Light rail, dozens of deficient bridges replaced, expanded bus service, longer ramps on the Parkway, sections of an Interstate Highway that don't flood a half-dozen times a year, a new water system, a new non-combined sewer system to satisfy Federal mandates, a winning baseball team.

Things Pittsburgh doesn't need: an eel holder.
 
2013-02-18 03:01:17 PM
Reminds me of the Orbitz commercials - But we have a Hovercraft
 
2013-02-18 03:02:12 PM
Wonder how much one of those things costs per year to keep maintained.  I'll bet it's at least 100,000 more.
 
2013-02-18 03:02:32 PM

MichiganFTL: If we can save one life, isn't it our duty to act, regardless of cost?


No.
 
2013-02-18 03:03:01 PM
No hovercraft is worth it unless it's one of these

http://media.defenseindustrydaily.com/images/NAVY_Hovercraft_Zubr_Lan d ing_Tanks_lg.jpg

/For rescue
 
2013-02-18 03:04:04 PM
So spending 100,000 on a toy?

Build a park or something for the other kids in the city.  The last time we wanted to play bball in a public park court, these "children"took over our game of P.I.G. and acted as if we were invisible. We tried to stand our ground, but were outnumbered 2-20.  They could see I was scared so they got worse and when the 15-20 year olds showed up and told us to get the fark out of their court I realized that it was indeed "theirs"

theconservativetreehouse.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-02-18 03:09:43 PM

Ed Finnerty: FTFA: Officials said the hovercraft costs about $100,000 and would be used to glide across ice or shallow water to rescue people in tough spots.

[i0.kym-cdn.com image 273x200]


Why would you do that?
Why would you risk anything to fish some yinzer out of a frozen cesspool?
It's not like stupid people are an endangered species.
And Pittsburgh is certainly knows for pumping out the Floridians of Pennsylvania, if you know what I mean.
That kind of money could be used to put more street beats on the hill and reduce crime.
But noooooooo. You want a fancy boat, you want to follow film crews around. Hell you want to rent it to film crews, just admit it, you corrupt idiots.
You basically want it for non-official use.
 
2013-02-18 03:16:12 PM
If it save just one insured person's life, it will have saved the insurance industry hundreds of thousands in pay-outs and kept a premium payer paying.  Won't someone, pleaase, think of the insurance companies....
 
2013-02-18 03:20:40 PM

Mr Guy: Ed Finnerty: FTFA: Officials said the hovercraft costs about $100,000 and would be used to glide across ice or shallow water to rescue people in tough spots.

[i0.kym-cdn.com image 273x200]

Well, they tried to get one of those non-gliding hovercrafts, but apparently those are boats.


Boats don't work too well in shallow water and ice, and can't work at all in water. Hovercrafts work in nearly every environment.

HMS_Blinkin: I'm actually surprised it would only cost 100k.  I mean, a hovercraft might not be super useful, but that's really not a bad deal as government boondoggles go.


That's quite expensive for a hovercraft. You can get a good one for about 20k.
 
2013-02-18 03:21:42 PM
We are way too cool to be seen in an everglades airboat.
 
2013-02-18 03:22:10 PM

People_are_Idiots: Mr Guy: Ed Finnerty: FTFA: Officials said the hovercraft costs about $100,000 and would be used to glide across ice or shallow water to rescue people in tough spots.

[i0.kym-cdn.com image 273x200]

Well, they tried to get one of those non-gliding hovercrafts, but apparently those are boats.

Boats don't work too well in shallow water and ice, and can't work at all on land. Hovercrafts work in nearly every environment.

HMS_Blinkin: I'm actually surprised it would only cost 100k.  I mean, a hovercraft might not be super useful, but that's really not a bad deal as government boondoggles go.

That's quite expensive for a hovercraft. You can get a good one for about 20k.


FTFM
 
2013-02-18 03:23:57 PM
Buy it with a grant, re-sell it after grant conditions are met, spend the proceeds on more important things.

Beggars can't be choosers. If there's a grant for buying hovercraft, you apply for it and buy a hovercraft.  The hovercraft industry probably spent a lot of money to get such a grant program.
 
2013-02-18 03:26:12 PM

The Irresponsible Captain: Things Pittsburgh needs, in no order: Light rail, dozens of deficient bridges replaced, expanded bus service, longer ramps on the Parkway, sections of an Interstate Highway that don't flood a half-dozen times a year, a new water system, a new non-combined sewer system to satisfy Federal mandates, a winning baseball team.

Things Pittsburgh doesn't need: an eel holder.


Pfft! None of those things glide like a sweet ride across the water, frozen or solid, like a sweet eel holder.
 
2013-02-18 03:26:21 PM

FarknGroovn: Wonder how much one of those things costs per year to keep maintained.  I'll bet it's at least 100,000 more.


Came here to say this. Hovercraft are expensive in upkeep, is Homeland Security going to pay for that to? Doubtful.
 
2013-02-18 03:30:05 PM

Mr Guy: Ed Finnerty: FTFA: Officials said the hovercraft costs about $100,000 and would be used to glide across ice or shallow water to rescue people in tough spots.

[i0.kym-cdn.com image 273x200]

Well, they tried to get one of those non-gliding hovercrafts, but apparently those are boats.


And the kind you can use in a frozen lake are called ice breakers.
 
2013-02-18 03:32:46 PM

People_are_Idiots: That's quite expensive for a hovercraft. You can get a good one for about 20k.


Hovercraft you can buy for $20K:
i.ebayimg.com
 
2013-02-18 03:33:12 PM

BarkingUnicorn: Buy it with a grant, re-sell it after grant conditions are met, spend the proceeds on more important things.

Beggars can't be choosers. If there's a grant for buying hovercraft, you apply for it and buy a hovercraft.  The hovercraft industry probably spent a lot of money to get such a grant program.


Who is going to buy the hovercraft from them? Not exactly a big market for 100k hovercraft.
 
2013-02-18 03:39:24 PM
Yeah, we're broke and our schools suck, but check out our sweet hovercraft,  paid for with your federal tax dollars.

Fixed that for you subster
 
2013-02-18 03:41:49 PM
So they get the hovercraft by June... my guess is that Ravenstahl is out there partying in it for the 4th of July.
 
2013-02-18 03:44:36 PM

People_are_Idiots: a hovercraft might not be super useful, but that's really not a bad deal as government boondoggles go

Back in the 70's my dad would have had access to a friggin' SR.N5 for water survey work, except someone ran it into a rock almost immediately after unloading it off the trailer.
 
2013-02-18 03:51:02 PM
Of course, it doesn't beat Oxford Alabama getting $3,000,000 bucks worth of sweet federal gear in their town of 20,000 that is basically a place to stop and get gas between Birmingham and Atlanta.

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/06/cops-military-gear/all/?pid= 12 99&viewall=true
 
2013-02-18 03:58:47 PM

Cletus from Canuckistan: People_are_Idiots: That's quite expensive for a hovercraft. You can get a good one for about 20k.

Hovercraft you can buy for $20K:
[i.ebayimg.com image 226x211]


Enough to carry 2 people. Also, there's this for $69k. http://www.hovercraft.com/content/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1_7 9
 
2013-02-18 04:06:12 PM

The Irresponsible Captain: Things Pittsburgh needs, in no order: Light rail, dozens of deficient bridges replaced, expanded bus service, longer ramps on the Parkway, sections of an Interstate Highway that don't flood a half-dozen times a year, a new water system, a new non-combined sewer system to satisfy Federal mandates, a winning baseball team.

Things Pittsburgh doesn't need: an eel holder.


Strike that, reverse it.
 
2013-02-18 04:07:29 PM
Until you've seen a naked Pittsburgh hooker water skiing behind a hovercraft you really can't appreciate the decision.
 
2013-02-18 04:11:16 PM

Ed Finnerty: FTFA: Officials said the hovercraft costs about $100,000 and would be used to glide across ice or shallow water to rescue people in tough spots.

[i0.kym-cdn.com image 273x200]


I'm picturing someone in shallow water being "in a tough spot."
 
2013-02-18 04:13:51 PM

BitwiseShift: Until you've seen a naked Pittsburgh hooker water skiing behind a hovercraft you really can't appreciate the decision.


My dad an I were out walking down Liberty during Xmas shopping season, this hooker was walking towards us in a halter top and her left fun bag was hanging out.
He whispers to me, She doesn't even know it's hanging out.
I whisper back, Oh, she knows, dad, she's advertizing.
/From you dad
//I learned to say inappropriate things from you
///and I love you for it.
 
2013-02-18 04:15:06 PM

Macular Degenerate: Yeah, we're broke and our schools suck, but check out our sweet hovercraft,  paid for with your federal tax dollars.

Fixed that for you subster


All these little towns look at federal grants as free money. My little town found a million-dollar grant to re-pave the whole town. It paid for about a third of the whole thing. I'm now paying $350/year, for 20 years. And the paving job was crap...bumps everywhere and uneven transitions at intersections.
 
2013-02-18 04:18:37 PM

People_are_Idiots: Cletus from Canuckistan: People_are_Idiots: That's quite expensive for a hovercraft. You can get a good one for about 20k.

Hovercraft you can buy for $20K:
[i.ebayimg.com image 226x211]

Enough to carry 2 people. Also, there's this for $69k. http://www.hovercraft.com/content/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1_7 9


Universal has a 6-passenger, commercial hovercraft for $20k. And a single-seater for $5k
 
2013-02-18 04:19:50 PM

Mikeyworld: All these little towns look at federal grants as free money.


Relax. We all know the deficit is caused by welfare and food stamps going to poor people.
 
2013-02-18 04:20:51 PM

Lord Snoopy's G.P.E.H.: Full of eels.


Thank you, Captain Obvious...   :D
 
2013-02-18 04:31:46 PM

vudukungfu: BitwiseShift: Until you've seen a naked Pittsburgh hooker water skiing behind a hovercraft you really can't appreciate the decision.

My dad an I were out walking down Liberty during Xmas shopping season, this hooker was walking towards us in a halter top and her left fun bag was hanging out.
He whispers to me, She doesn't even know it's hanging out.
I whisper back, Oh, she knows, dad, she's advertizing.
/From you dad
//I learned to say inappropriate things from you
///and I love you for it.


Do we all have Liberty Ave. Hooker stories?
Around 1980 I was walking down Liberty on my way to the bus stop and wasn't paying much attention to people around me. I looked out towards the cars and walked right into a 6'4" hooker with very large breasts. I'm 5'7" so guess where my face ended up. She looks down at me and says "hey sweetie, you want to take them for a ride?"
 
2013-02-18 04:36:08 PM
A few of the Sheriff departments here in Michigan have them because they're safer and cheaper than the other means of reaching people who can't tell when ice is safe to fish on.
 
2013-02-18 04:47:02 PM
spectrumculture.com
Approves of Pittsburgh getting a hovercraft.
 
GBB
2013-02-18 04:53:51 PM

BarkingUnicorn: Buy it with a grant, re-sell it after grant conditions are met, spend the proceeds on more important things.

Beggars can't be choosers. If there's a grant for buying hovercraft, you apply for it and buy a hovercraft.  The hovercraft industry probably spent a lot of money to get such a grant program.


Nonsense.  Everybody knows that you use Federal Hovercraft Grant money on social issues like all the foreclosed homes and battling corrupt police and paying teachers more money and feeding homeless people and getting people jobs and derp.
 
2013-02-18 05:37:59 PM
The Tupolev Aero Sleigh would probably been a better idea.  Cheaper to purchase & operate and it can be set up as an ambulance.
 
2013-02-18 06:07:06 PM
homeland security doesn't fund education, because 'Merica.
 
2013-02-18 06:14:35 PM
Actually Pittsburgh is in good shape financially and we have some top rated school districts (as well as crappy ones) and several top colleges. That said it's federal money, not state or city money....
 
2013-02-18 06:21:35 PM
Pittsburgh is the literal version of Shelbyville. We bought a HALF BILLION dollar tunnel under a river when the city has like 80 bridges already.
 
2013-02-18 06:28:42 PM
media.cmgdigital.com

What Pittsburgh WANTS

www.hoveround.com

What Pittsburgh needs
 
2013-02-18 07:17:44 PM
CSB time
For a time I worked in government, one of my tasks was (occasionally) to write out trespass orders for people who insisted on ...
well, stuff like wandering into our offices drunk 4 or 5 times a week and demanding that someone listen to all their complaints about their wife
or
having regular sexytime in the public toilets
or
taking a swing at the customer service officers when they explained that "yes, we understand you don't like the law but it still applies to you and it is a federal law, so even if we wanted to write an exception for you (which we don't) it'd still apply to you...

But, my point?
Oh ok
My point was that the proforma for a trespass notice included the words
"Premises means:(a) a building or structure thether permanent or temporary and whether fixed or capable of being moved;(b) a dwelling-place; (c) any part of a yard, garden or area (whether enclosed or riot); or(d) a vehicle (including a caravan), vessel, aircraft or hovercraft "
Hovercraft folks.
OK, that was a shiat story bro
sorry
 
2013-02-18 07:30:53 PM
 
2013-02-18 07:44:59 PM
Why is this a "homeland security" issue? This is for rescues in marshes or on ice. Ice in Baltimore? Not so much. Terror attacks leaving people stranded in wetlands? Not so much, either. This should be an ordinary fire/safety expense for almost any city except perhaps a multi-megaoplis on an island farther north.
 
2013-02-18 07:47:48 PM
Oops. Might make more sense in Pittsburgh. They say the first thing to go is... What was I saying?
 
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