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    http://jalopnik.com/boatlopnik/

    The Texas State Highway Patrol just got the first (of a fleet of 6) gunboats


    In typical Texas fashion, the boats are over-the-top and slightly insane. The Shallow Water Interceptor is an armored 34-foot speed boat powered by triple 300 horsepower engines giving it 900 horsepower total.

    For armaments there are five static mounted M240 light machine guns, a pair of Barrett .50 sniper rifles. There are also various rifles, submachine guns and grenade launchers on-board. Just in case.




    These things cost $580,000 each.

    Nice boat. Sorry 'bout your....inadequate manhood
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    Hmmmm... I wonder about the pressing need for these things.... aside from being a paean to testosterone, that is. Are there pirates in Texas waterways?
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    What good news, no budget problems there. Right?

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    M240 light machine guns
    And they expect to be taken seriously?
    We don't know how lucky we are....

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanz View Post
    And they expect to be taken seriously?
    2 doubled-up M-240Bs, each on a single pintle mount, plus a single.

    Not to mention that the crew is each apparently issued a 9mm submachine gun, pistol and and M4/M16 (5.56mm, selective-fire).

    Boggles the mind.
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    900hp, that's enough to get a person in trouble

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Carey View Post
    2 doubled-up M-240Bs, each on a single pintle mount, plus a single.

    Not to mention that the crew is each apparently issued a 9mm submachine gun, pistol and and M4/M16 (5.56mm, selective-fire).

    Boggles the mind
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    Yes it does, but Mexican drug cartels aren't light-on for fire-power themselves.....and I was being a little bit sarcastic.
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    Highway Patrol?Are they expecting a flood?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Carey View Post
    Boggles the mind.
    Not a bit. The militarization of the civilian police force is sweeping the land from the south on up. The boys will push for their toys all day. Civilians must use their authority to counter the insistance.
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    We've got what we need in place to counter these domestic terists.
    They are just pushier and some of them are just crazy like deputy Arapio
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    Quote Originally Posted by seanz View Post
    And they expect to be taken seriously?
    Heheh! LMAO
    Too damn funny!!!!!!!!!
    The Texas Department of Public Safety includes the Texas Rangers (not the baseball team) who will likely man these machines.
    Remember, it was the Texas Rangers who brought Colt revolvers into the Indian wars in West Texas in the 1870s, along with Winchester rifles and quickly decimated the Comanches and Kiowas.

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    Do they have a Presidential candidate picked for 2016 yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by purri View Post
    Do they have a Presidential candidate picked for 2016 yet?
    Hell No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Boys toys, now they will have to find a use for them, probably checking your fishing license whilst training their machine guns at you. I wouldn't go fishing at night though.

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    Nick? . .ummm, I think your thread title is redundant.
    Hige sceal e heardra, heorte e cenre, mod sceal e mare, e ure mgen lytla.

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    Time to start the Plywood and PL Premium Schooner thread.

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    We need a new reality show, Cops Gone Wild!

    It seems to be a very dangerous mentality. I saw a cartoon of a well dressed police officer ready for duty in 1950, uniform, hat, whistle, badge, hand cuffs and billy club. Today, uniform with badge, helmet with face shield protection, body camera and radio with ear bug and mic, body armor vest, elbow pads, knee pad and shin guards and steel toed combat boots. Riot shield, tazer-baton, automatic assult rifle, side arm with ammo belt, boot knife, two sets of cuffs and mace.

    I remember an officer pulled my mom over when I was a little kid. He was talking to her about some driving infraction. Story goes that I jumped up and said "mommy doesn't have a driver's license, it wasn't in our cereal box!"


    He let her go without a ticket and told her she needed to take the test and get her license; Today, some arsehole would draw a weapon and command you in the most forceful and intimidating voice they could muster to get out of the car and lay on the street face down. Then arrest you, cuff you and haul you off to jail, book them, search them and lock them up until bail was made and have the vehicle towed and impound the vehicle.

    I really think many police departments are making it harder on themselves. A bully mentality only inforces resistance and ill will.

    I patrolled an area in New Orleans where the police didn't usually go, during the police strike long ago. They said that snipers would shoot at them driving through the area. They didn't shoot at us and I was sitting shotgun in a jeep with a 60 cal machine gun mounted next the guy in the back. I don't think it was due to the fact that we had them out gunned but more accepted in that area since we had never bothered or intimidated anyone on the street. Sometimes it's not hard to make people despise you and your life will be harder for it.

    I think turning a police force into a military combat force is not a good idea, especially in this country. Cool boats though...
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    Yep, Barney Fyfe has moved out of Mayberry.We reap what we sow. I'm not surprised by what you said above and I too grew up in a small town like much as the one you describe.

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    From the story above... and remember, 45,000 folks killed in Mexico in recent past... will spill over the border sooner or later.

    Gov. Rick Perry's Texas Highway Patrol just received their first-of-six armored "Shallow Water Interceptor" gunboat. Why does the Texas Highway Patrol all of a sudden need a fleet of armed-to-the-gills gunboats? For the same reason Texas usually arms itself up: Mexicans.
    International waters between Mexico and Texas are a hotspot for drug and human trafficking, so the state's police force (technically the Texas Department of Safety Highway Patrol) is the agency typically tasked with these sorts of interdictions. In 2010, for instance, a jet skier on Falcon Lake was mistaken for a drug gang spy and murdered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seanz View Post
    Yes it does, but Mexican drug cartels aren't light-on for fire-power themselves.....and I was being a little bit sarcastic.
    Um, I was wondering if they might have something to do with the cocaine lords and what are they called? Cigar boats?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RodB
    From the story above... and remember, 45,000 folks killed in Mexico in recent past... will spill over the border sooner or later.

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    Border defence is the responsibility of the federal government. Not a bunch of Texas yahoos.
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    Border defence is the responsibility of the federal government. Not a bunch of Texas yahoos.
    Theres a lot of yahoos right on this forum... have you noticed how well the Fed is doing in Arizona... the local law enforcement agencies have had to protect the citizens... gimme a break... Obama and his Attorney General protecting the Arizona citizens... hell, they're suing the state..

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    That thing has more firepower than one our Navy patrol boats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meli View Post
    Um, I was wondering if they might have something to do with the cocaine lords and what are they called? Cigar boats?
    Nothing at all to do with that. Completely different bit of water. This is to give the Texans "stand-off' fire-power when dealing with drug-smugglers retrieving 'product' from the river.
    And because they're rooly cool.

    Quote Originally Posted by AussieBarney View Post
    That thing has more firepower than one our Navy patrol boats.
    Nope.

    Torn from the pages of Wikipedia......
    Armament: 1 x Rafael Typhoon stabilised gun mount fitted with a 25 mm (1 in) M242 Bushmaster autocannon
    2 x 12.7 mm (0.5 in) machine guns
    That's for the current Armidale class patrol boat.

    Let's see.....5X.30=1.50....and 1+ (2X.5)=2......yep.....less fire power than a RAN Patrol Boat......Texans, hang your heads in shame.
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    Yeah Seanz. A little exaggerated but not by bloody much. And I think you would more chance of negoiating with the CO of an Aussie Armidale class Patrol boat than a Texan behind a fifty cal. Their idea of opening gambits is a 5sec. burst. Isn't the state motto of Texas "Shoot m all, let god sort them out" or words to that effect. They seem to love hanging and shooting people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AussieBarney View Post
    Yeah Seanz. A little exaggerated but not by bloody much. And I think you would more chance of negoiating with the CO of an Aussie Armidale class Patrol boat than a Texan behind a fifty cal.
    That's true. Australians are noted for their love of rhetoric, complex argument and subtle negotiating skills.
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    One more reason to behave yourself while in Texas. Or not go there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanz View Post
    Yes it does, but Mexican drug cartels aren't light-on for fire-power themselves.....and I was being a little bit sarcastic.
    they got their fire power from our politicans
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Carey View Post
    Border defence is the responsibility of the federal government. Not a bunch of Texas yahoos.
    apparently our feds prefer selling the Mexicans guns
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    what's the price tag for just one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimD
    One more reason to behave yourself while in Texas. Or not go there.
    I keep saying that we — the USA — ought to make an offer to Canada: an even trade., our nutters (Texas) for theirs (Quebec).

    We get poutine, La Bouttine Souriante and the Parti Quebecois.



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    Canada gets warm beaches and the Bush family...

    Hmmm. We might have to sweeten the deal a bit.
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    The Texans probably figure since the Feds won't protect our borders, the Texans might as well have a shot (heh,heh) at it. Can't wait for the first big punch up with the druggies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Allen View Post
    they got their fire power from our politicans
    Like the Contras? No, not like that? Not even a little bit? Awwwww........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Allen View Post
    what's the price tag for just one?
    I think the first post says $580,000 Each. About the same price as a top of the line Fire Engine (Pumper)
    They look like a hoot to drive. I wonder if they have any armour?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve McMahon View Post
    I think the first post says $580,000 Each. About the same price as a top of the line Fire Engine (Pumper)
    They look like a hoot to drive. I wonder if they have any armour?


    I"m sure the qusi Rambos experience a lot of amour for them...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Allen View Post
    I"m sure the qusi Rambos experience a lot of amour for them...
    I am sure you are right. My gut feeling is that somebody is gonna get hurt bad with those things zipping around.
    Stay calm, be brave....wait for the signs. Possibly precariously prevaricating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Allen View Post
    apparently our feds prefer selling the Mexicans guns
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    Bada bing Bada Boom Bada bang!

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanz View Post
    Like the Contras? No, not like that? Not even a little bit? Awwwww........
    the lefties can't bi**h about one side doing it then do the same thing themselves... well... I guess they actually can ...hypocracy has never been a limitation for politicos and their 'band of (mouth) breathers'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seanz View Post
    That's true. Australians are noted for their love of rhetoric, complex argument and subtle negotiating skills.
    And on that note, I rest my case

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanz View Post
    That's true. Australians are noted for their love of rhetoric, complex argument and subtle negotiating skills.
    Yep!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Allen View Post
    the lefties can't bi**h about one side doing it then do the same thing themselves... well... I guess they actually can ...hypocracy has never been a limitation for politicos and their 'band of (mouth) breathers'.

    That's the lefties doing that, is it? Are you sure?
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    Quote Originally Posted by seanz View Post
    That's the lefties doing that, is it? Are you sure?
    it doesn't matter much... there is no honor in the world
    The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.
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    Part of the cost of drugs being illegal. Wonder if they've considered building a wall where the road meets the river to keep the cars out?
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    What's the water levels in the Rio Grande like these days? Or are these babies for off-shore work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skuthorp
    What's the water levels in the Rio Grande like these days? Or are these babies for off-shore work?
    They call them "shallow water interceptors" or some such.

    I believe the Rio Grande doesn't make it to the Gulf of Mexico anymore. Wonder what their budget for shear pins, propellors and hull repair is?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Carey View Post
    I keep saying that we — the USA — ought to make an offer to Canada: an even trade., our nutters (Texas) for theirs (Quebec).

    We get poutine, La Bouttine Souriante and the Parti Quebecois.



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMc-6MVEHF8

    Canada gets warm beaches and the Bush family...

    Hmmm. We might have to sweeten the deal a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimD

    I hope you like hockey


    The latest sports scam in Seattle involves getting an NHL franchise. Not sure what our local Junior Hockey team thinks of that.
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    If anyone is really interested in the challenges facing the border patrol I would highly recommdn the Nat Geo program "Border Wars". If you believe that the federal gov't is not fighing a war here you are sadly misinformed.

    http://channel.nationalgeographic.co...l/border-wars/
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    Yeah Seanz. A little exaggerated but not by bloody much. And I think you would more chance of negoiating with the CO of an Aussie Armidale class Patrol boat than a Texan behind a fifty cal. Their idea of opening gambits is a 5sec. burst. Isn't the state motto of Texas "Shoot m all, let god sort them out" or words to that effect. They seem to love hanging and shooting people.
    If they deserve it...



    If anyone is really interested in the challenges facing the border patrol I would highly recommdn the Nat Geo program "Border Wars". If you believe that the federal gov't is not fighing a war here you are sadly misinformed.
    Arizona has quite a bit of involvement by their local law enforcement in protecting their citizens in present circumstances... ... plus passing a commonsense law which the Government has been battling them from the beginning of its inception.

    The number one duty of the Fed Gov is to protect its citizens... PERIOD


    Arizona (and Texas) obviously do not think they are doing a good job.

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