Our headline would have been a better explanation than the lame excuses made by county officials when asked about the snow cone makers purchased as part of a Homeland Security grant. WTF? Snow cones are a vital part of securing our nation? 13 of these Arctic Blast machines were purchased for $11,700 and distribute to each county. You can read all of the sordid details here.
By now, you know that we have opinions about everything; and this case is no different. All sorts of random thoughts are bouncing around our heads:
- Which emergency supplies or equipment were not purchased because of this expenditure?
- When there is an attack or disaster, it is more likely that blankets will be required before snow cones.
- As county first responders run out of ammunition, they can throw snow balls at the terrorists.
- It sure is easy to spend other people’s money.
- You can buy these same machines for $521 online instead of the $990 that the county paid. Here is a link for the purchasing agent in charge.
- To the lame Emergency Services Director that claimed these could be used to make ice in case of fires, he may want to read the directions; you need an ice source to obtain the ice necessary to add ice into the ice shaving machine. These babies are great at making snow cones, but suck as ice makers.
- If you could not think of anything more important to buy, how about giving the extra money back to Homeland Security?
- These snow cone makers will probably be used for years as door stops at the central warehouse.
There is a reason that we showcase absurd stories like this: someone out there is making decisions with your money.