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Don’t mess with Texas gunboats!

March 1, 2012

In the great tradition of the Texas Ranger who returned from the dead, mounted on a great white horse named after the metal used in the bullets of his six-shooters, masked, and with a masculine-gendered indigenous-person associate, to finish off the infamous Butch Cassidy gang that slaughtered one less Texas Ranger than they thought, and to bring justice to hundreds of other evil doers, while accompied by The Willian Tell Overture.

Texas is getting its own navy. Next month, the state’s Department of Public Safety will deploy the first of a fleet of six gunboats on the Rio Grande, the river that forms the border between the state and Mexico, CNN affiliate WFAA-TV reports.

 

 The 34-foot-long boats, each powered by three, 300-horsepower outboard engines, will have bulletproof plating and six machine guns apiece, not unlike the river patrol boats the U.S. Navy used during the Vietnam War. The vessels will be able to operate in as little as 2 feet of water, according to the report, and will work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to combat drug smuggling coming across the Rio Grande. “They’re finding out when those people are coming across, and one of the things they need to be able to do is interdict them on the water,” Texas state Rep. Paul Workman told CNN affiliate KVUE-TV when the first of the boats, the JD Davis, was christened in December. “If you’re trying to suppress organized smuggling activity, there’s no substitute for putting people on the ground,” Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven C. McCraw said at the December ceremony. “The way they’re operating right now, you need them on the water as well.”

It sends a message: Don’t mess with Texas,” Jose Rodriguez, a regional commander of the Texas Department of Safety, told WFAA. The six boats will be named after Texas state troopers killed in the line of duty. The first was named after Jerry Don Davis, who was shot and killed in 1980. Another, to be commissioned Thursday in Austin, will be named in honor of  trooper David Irvine Rucker, who was killed in 1981, according to The Brownsville Herald.  http://bit.ly/ACDkQR

Our president’s egregious malfeasance in regard to his sworn Constitutional duty to defend said Constitution and the People whose will it implements, has aroused one of the glories of our federal system. Officials of our co-sovereign states are beginning to stand in the gaps. But impeachment, conviction, and dismissal are the only reasonable response to the size and multiplicity of the gaps.

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