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  •  Ummm... (3+ / 0-)

    Year after year, the Washington lawmakers did favors for the tiny company, inserting four "earmarks" into different bills to force the Navy and Coast Guard to buy boats they didn't ask for - $17.65 million in all. None of the boats was used as Congress intended.

    Says who?

    •  'Cause of the graft? (1+ / 0-)
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      They were supposed to be used in some "Girls Gone Wild Videos". It's right in the appropriations bill.  Then there was the Navy Seals Calendar. Finally a full scale invasion of a really great house party on Bainbridge Island.

      Gotta make it somehow on the dreams we still believe. - R. Hunter.

      by mungley on Mon Oct 15, 2007 at 10:23:15 PM PDT

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    •  Umm, Says The Coast Guard And The Navy! (2+ / 0-)
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      racerx, kurt

      "The Coast Guard did not request this vessel, does not need this vessel, nor does this vessel meet the Coast Guard's requirements," he said on the Senate floor. "The Coast Guard's resources are already stretched thin and this will only hamper its ability to meet its new challenges since Sept. 11."

      The bill passed with all its pork intact.

      After several evaluations, the Coast Guard concluded it couldn't use the Guardian boat. It didn't need it to chase drug smugglers because it uses helicopters to do that more easily and safely.

       Source: Seattle Times, Same As Kos's

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