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I've lived around the DoD procurement system for some time and IMHO, it makes as much sense to blame the generals and Rummy for the lack of up-armored Humvees as it does to fault the surfer for the wave he rides on.

Take a congress, add a generous helping of back-home pork, mix well with over-active specifications, garnish with a byzatine procurement mechanism, and you get the current SNAFU.

Also we need to keep in mind that a budget is just that - a budget. If you have more Hummers, you have fewer Apache gunships (both useful but not interchangable- or free)and at some point somebody has to say "We'll need 15,000 of these"

INVARIABLY someone will say "That's not enough."

Someone else will say "That's too many".

The guy that bought these is a hero for sticking with it long enough over the past 5 years (the DoD procurement cycle) that there are ANY up-armored Humvees to send to Iraq.

But no-one wants to think about the hard stuff.

Finally, nine women can't have a baby in one month even if they co-operate. This stuff takes time.

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Seen at low tide

  • American White Pelican
    Saw 30 in one flock on a weptember evening while fishing
  • Hummingbird
    Finally, my first hummingbirds. Saw them on a fire bush in Crystal Beach, FL. My rental's neighbor's yard is all xeriscaped, which is ugly to me but just fine with the little hummers. At first, I thought they were the biggest hornets I'd ever seen.
  • Flamingo!
    One of these dudes flew right over my house. I couldn't believe it. And please don't tell me it was a roseated spoonbill because it was a frickin' flamingo, dude! Huge and pink and right there above me. I was like so freaking out, you know?
  • Falcon!
    Don't see these guys too often. Wish we did. Bet the morning doves don't.
  • Black Skimmer
    These beauties are getting scarce, but one flew by yesterday at low tide on the hunt for minnows.
  • Dead sea turtle
    cool, but smelly
  • Reddish Egret
    These have been hanging out around the pool quite a bit lately. Must be a new group of adolesent birds -- the youngsters like to hunt where the water is clear, and it takes them a day to figure out there are not now and never will be fish in the swimming pool no matter how clear the water.
  • Sand Piper
  • Brown Pelican
    I saw a flock of about 200 of these at Disappearing Island yesterday, just south of Anclote Island on the west coast of FL. Good to see such a large flock.
  • Wood Pecker
    They've developed a sudden interest in the orange tree, which just went into bloom.
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