Your (American) Tax Dollars At Work...

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  1. AlvisX

    AlvisX Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    My old ship getting underway .I spent 3 years workin on that tub (not tug)
    It was actually built in 1943 to break ice on the Missouri ,but the current was too strong ,the boat was not able to get enough thrust to break ice .They cut the pointy bow off and turned it into a towboat
    It went from being an icebreaker to a buoy tender

    I get a lotta mileage out of the word buoy ...telling tales onstage . In England and Australia they pronounce the word ,buoy ,like "boy "

    On the Lower Mississip, we pronounce it like the knife wielding Louisiana slave trader , Bowie ( BOO-ee)

    So Im tellin the UK & OZ people ,I used to work on the boo-ee tender ....and they're like,"WTF is a boo-ee?"
    Then they say ,"Ah , you mean a buoy (boy)/"
    I say ,NO , a boy is a small man , a boo-ee is the thing that bobs up n down in the water ......

    Language is FUN !!

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    AlvisX Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I was not on the Bowie (bow-ee) tender ....but that mighta been cool

     
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    Trumpet Rider Well-Known Member

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    If you tell them you were a "boy" tender it may be taken in an unintended way.
     
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    Where does tax dollars come in here?
     
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    Traverse City is a Coast Guard city. No ice breakers here- We’re an air station.
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    These guys do tons of rescues all over the Great Lakes.

    We say- boo- eee
     
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    the ship is property of the US Coast Guard proper. Any renovations/repairs come out of gub'mint funding...

    Looks like it's more of a utility ship now, for rescues & other work, like if an oil well goes south, or something, along w/ stranded/sinking boats/ships, etc...
     
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    The way the Fed is just printing cash there can't be too much being paid for by taxes cept maybe welfare and food stamps.
     
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    Bunch of criminals all of them...
     
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    Some o' you guys are missin the boat ......
    :lol:

    Ya got that right ,not to mention , feeding ,clothing , equipping , housing a crew :D
    (PAYING !!!)

    While the primary mission of the entire USCG is Search & Rescue (SAR), we just serviced buoys n Nav lights (mile markers)
    Cut a LOTTA trees , lopped the heads off lots of moccasins and copperheads
    If you needed to be rescued by us , you were probably already dead.That's not to say we weren't trained for and didn't take that kind of stuff seriously . We just didn't have much of it .

    Once during the drought of '88 , a family was out ATV'ing on a sandbar . Now it had been undermined for decades and collapsed under them . We and all Law Enforcement / Fire rescue along the river were alerted ,and we were underway at the time, and kept on the lookout as we worked our way up. 4 people drowned .I believe 3 of them were found 40 miles downriver from where they went in .
     
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    Much as I hate to admit it, the last time the US government ran on a balanced budget was under Bill Clinton. He had his faults but he was a responsible administrator.


    What disturbs me is that there has been such constant resistance to the sensible idea of forcing Congress to pass a balanced budget amendment.


    Debit is permitted based on the belief that it will be repaid. When the debtors realize that this really won't ever happen, that's when trouble starts.
     
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    AlvisX Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    One of my old shipmates became an aviation rescue swimmer ...like Ashton Kutcher
     
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    AlvisX Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    The tax dollars thing was FCKN sarcasm ,guys
    Gotdamn !
    The primary point of this post was to poke fun a "language barriers" AND some promotion of your US Coast Guard (for the Americans here) ,as I was outa the loop on Veteran's Day
     
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    You need to work on your sarcasm. I offer online classes on sarcasm if interested.
     
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    AlvisX Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Oh ,I think Ive wasted enough time here in 9yrs with some very legit sarcasm ,pal :lol:
     
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    one man's sarcasm is another's...

    well, I just don't get it! :)...
     
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    That is a cool boat. Tending Boo-Eee's is important, man! The channel in the Mississippi can be pretty narrow in places. I know in St. Charles there was a barge that broke loose and ran aground. Kids used to sneak out onto it.
     
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    Gotta love the Coasties. When all the sensible people have already gone into port, the Coast Guard is on their way out to rescue the idiots who stayed out. Saw an interesting photo the other day. Coast guard patrolling beaches on horseback during WW2.
    and then theres this:
    (7) Coast Guard Intercepts Drug-Smuggling Submarine - YouTube
     
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    Bouy is pronounced as "boy" in America, just as in bouyant, and buoyancy. Listen to Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll by Blue Oyster Cult. "Marshall will bouy but Fender control."



    Bowie knife is pronounced "boh' ee" as in David Bowie.

    Mississippi has its own peculiar pronunciations on the peculiar southern accents.
     
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    AlvisX Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    And by "peculiar" ,you mean ......correct :lol::lol::lol:

    Jim Bowie's famous sandbar fight happened about a mile upriver from where that pic was taken . Nobody around there says Boh-ee
     
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    Down here in FL in my area, where boats are as common as sports cars, we pronounce them BOO-EE.
     

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