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So I'm reading this news article on the 1033 program (this is the program that puts surplus military weapons in the hands of local law enforcement -- tanks, grenade launchers, nuclear missiles, illudium PU-36 explosive space modulators, etc) and it mentions the Dartmouth, MA harbourmaster as being a recipient of some of this largesse. So I'm thinking OK, so maybe southern MA just got itself an amphibious assault ship or something, but it turns out the bloke just got a humvee (for the marshland that is indeed a part of the local landscape) and a pair of night vision goggles, to facilitate finding people when it's dark out. Fair enough, IMHO, on both counts. (Perhaps the one and only reasonable use of the 1033 program that I've heard of... ever.) Turns out the humvee even had its weapons mounts removed prior to delivery.

But I also thought "well, what if he did indeed get an assault rifle or three?" And it struck me that part of a harbourmaster's job is enforcement of the law on the high seas of Dartmouth. Sometimes you have to inspect the boat of an unruly navigator who's got a few too many adult beverages on board. Things could get nasty, and backup could be leagues away.
And then I thought that yeah, in that case, it would be nice to have some bight to back up one's barque.

Thank you very much. I'm here all week. Don't forget to tip your waitresses!
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