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Next Post stirred the pot: “A solicitation which appears on the FedBizOpps website asks for 16,000 rounds of .40 S&W jacketed hollow point (JHP) bullets, noted for their strength, to be delivered to locations in Ellsworth, Maine, and New Bedford, Mass. A further 6,000 rounds of S&W JHP will be sent to Wall, New Jersey, with another 24,000 rounds of the same bullets heading to the weather station in St. Petersburg, Florida.” An unorthodox, low caliber cloud-seeding experiment, part of a desperate attempt to end the drought that’s been parching so much of the country this summer? Militarization of the Weather Serice? Nope. reports it was all a simple mistake . . .

“Due to a clerical error in the federal business vendor process, a solicitation for ammunition and targets for the NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement mistakenly identified NOAA’s National Weather Service as the requesting office,” said Scott Smullen, deputy director of NOAA Communications & External Affairs. “The error is being fixed and will soon appear correctly in the electronic federal bidding system.

“The ammunition is standard issue for many law enforcement agencies, and it will be used by 63 NOAA enforcement personnel in their firearms qualifications and training,” Mr. Smullen said.

Tin hats off lads. But don’t get to thinking that the NOAA are above suspicion when it comes to spending your tax dollars wisely.

In May, NOAA withdrew a $5,000 purchase solicitation for a magician to show up at “the Magic of Change,” a two-day training conference for agency personnel. Organizers had originally wanted someone who could transform “magic and [principles] of the psychology of magic, magic tools, techniques, and experiences into a method of teaching leadership,” according to a lengthy contractor solicitation. It took only four minor mentions in the press before the ad was yanked.

Well, I guess they know how to make $5k disappear.

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    • Before people write in, I am perfectly aware that the hammer in question only cost $22, and the rest of the money was for paperwork. Also, I am not defending NOAA, I am just saying that a $5k expense that got cancelled is not necessarily proof that a government agency is out of control.

  1. So it’s the Fish guys that are being armed. OK, but I never knew that fish committed crimes let alone that we had a Law Enforcement Office for fish. That’s alot of rounds for a few fish, ain’t it?

  2. NOAA police are like all Fish and Wildlife wardens. They are law enforcement officers. That’s why they have guns. Why does anyone take infowars seriously?

  3. BFD. Most single competitive shooters toss more lead than that downrange every year. I’ve no idea how many armed “officers” they have, but if it’s more than 20 or so, that’s a pretty tiny amount of ammo for regular competency training.

  4. Drudge reports Social Security buying 170K rounds of the .357 JHP. Don’t wanna hear nothing about your late check, old man.

  5. With energy prices increasing, more people (especially the poor and struggling) are expected to use their fireplaces for heat and cooking the rabbits and squirrels they now must hunt for survival. Soon the NWS will be given the LE oversight duty to arrest people using their fireplaces since the unfiltered burning of wood contributes to global warming and the drought. Thats why they have the extra ammo supply on order.

    The above written in jest and satire, sorta.

  6. So indications appear to be that government agencies are training to proficiency? Purchasing large volumes of rounds that require several levels of oversight and paper targets is a strange accident to make. One can’t help but wonder what insurrection the government might be expecting.

  7. No big deal , noting new. Back in the late 70s I knew a Navy storekeeper (that’s quartermaster to you helmet heads) who made a two-digit mistake on a Federal Stock Number and a submarine wound up with an F-14 wing for stores onload. That thing was a bitch to fit through the aft hatch,

    • To remedy, order the other wing, slap them on the sub, and alleviate the need for ballast tanks? It would make docking a b!tch though…

  8. So do park ranger fall under NOAA? I mean I can understand some guys in remote stations might need to defend against bears and such, but it is very unusual.


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