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(Philly.com)   Small volunteer fire department buys $1 million terror fighting super boat using Homeland Security funds. What could possibly go right?   ( philly.com) divider line
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5615 clicks; posted to Politics » on 29 Jul 2012 at 4:51 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-07-29 05:27:24 PM  
2 votes:
Meanwhile, there are small volunteer departments and rescue squads who can't even get money to replace their 20 year old Jaws of Life, 1980s firetruck, or update their airpacks and turnout gear.

fark these people and their waste of taxpayer dollars.
2012-07-29 08:39:57 PM  
1 vote:

cirby: Oh, you had a bunch of people hitting you with bogus politically-oriented lawsuits too, so your choice was quit or go bankrupt?

Try Tiger Balm to soothe the pain and burn next time.
2012-07-29 06:57:12 PM  
1 vote:

Ackbar_GastricFluid: But it it big enough to fight a Jaws?

You're going to need a bigger boat.
2012-07-29 06:25:47 PM  
1 vote:
This would make a quaint summer comedy movie screenplay.
2012-07-29 05:47:35 PM  
1 vote:
I remember in 2008 when everyone gave Sarah Palin grief about the 'bridge to nowhere'. At first, I did, too. Then I looked at the proposal. It was exactly what government should be used for- infrastructure to help people's lives. Now, I thought Sarah Palin was awful, but the bridge (not her idea, by the way) was a good thing.

That's... breathtaking.

There was no need for it, it wasn't going to cause a sudden Renaissance in the area, and it was mostly just a way to shovel money to some politician's donors. The bridge was going to be about as long as the Golden Gate Bridge. It was going to cost about $400 MILLION dollars, to serve an island with fifty residents and a not-very-big airport. The island already has a functional ferry service.

It was not a good thing. Really. Whatever you read, suggesting that it was? They lied to you.
2012-07-29 05:18:28 PM  
1 vote:

quatchi: Bensalem locals talk endlessly about the imposing 40-foot, 25,000-pound "Bear on the Delaware" that has been prowling all year but has yet to fight a fire or sniff out a bomb.

Bin Laden is dead.

Even when he was alive the chances of AQ taking on America again by setting stuff on fire within a certain yardage along a specific part of the Delaware River was already pretty slim.

Wasting resources is wasteful.

Why are you siding with the terrorists who want to destroy our freedom?

/graduate of Palin debating Institute.
2012-07-29 05:13:04 PM  
1 vote:

A Dark Evil Omen:

Anti-terrorism doesn't relate to military and law enforcement? Really? Really? And, yes, it is also true that fire gets basically unlimited funding priority.

Firefighters have no athorah-tie to make arrests, really. The have even less police powers than the TSA, really.

As far as "anti-terror" they are no different than paramedics or whoever cleans up debris after a bombing.

They are NOT an enforcement agency of the government. They can't even write parking tickets. No really.
2012-07-29 05:02:07 PM  
1 vote:

A Dark Evil Omen: Lsherm: When people talk about "government waste" - stories like this are what floats around the back of their head.

Military and law enforcement is always the source of this shiat.

So, of course, they best way to address "government waste" is to cut everything else and throw more money at military and law enforcement.

It's a fire department, genuis. And they're also to blame for alot of this stuff. Police and fire are untouchable in the funding world. Public Works is a distant third when it comes to allocation priority.

Marcus Aurelius: Skywolf Philosopher: Does that thing have James Bond style torpedoes and machine guns?

/All I see is a big farking Las Vegas fountain. What a waste of money.

The fountain is the BEST PART. People LOVE the fountain.

Yeah, that's pretty-much what the Chief said:

Jerri was on board when the firefighters took their "Bear" to two Fourth of July fireworks displays. One weekend this summer, they cruised a waterfront Celtic festival in Bristol. Another time, they dropped by a fireman's benefit at a riverside cafe called Maggie's.

"Everybody likes to see a fireboat pumping," he says, beaming. "We put on a show."
2012-07-29 03:54:10 PM  
1 vote:
Does that thing have James Bond style torpedoes and machine guns?

/All I see is a big farking Las Vegas fountain. What a waste of money.
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