Monday, July 14, 2008

Sad Symbolic Irony Of The Week

The blimp rented by the Ron Paul campaign to advertise its pro-personal freedom message is now aiding the U.S. government in its ongoing effort to clamp down on evil people who alter their state of consciousness with any non-prescription drug other than alcohol:

The Skyship 600 blimp has been a headturning advertisement for Fuji Film, rock band Pink Floyd and presidential candidate Ron Paul.

Now the 197-foot airship that looks like a gigantic white balloon features only an American flag.

The blimp's latest lessee: the U.S. government.

In a $1.6 million collaborative test project conducted by the Navy, Coast Guard and newly created National Office of Global Maritime Situational Awareness, the blimp has been equipped with radar, sensors and electro-optical infrared cameras to provide six weeks of surveillance of the Florida Straits.

The goal is to catch drug smugglers, immigrant smugglers and environmental law breakers, as well as to aid in search-and-rescue missions at sea.

Goals listed in order of importance.


Anonymous smartass sob said...

It's rather fitting and/or ironic that the overnment would choose a blimp for this. How much more representative of the size of government and its budget could anything be?

3:18 PM  
Anonymous smartass sob said...

And, of course, there is the fact that it is filled with gas - the blimp, I mean. Well the politicians, too. ;-)

3:21 PM  
Blogger Caveman Lawyer said...

You realize this is just a test run. If it works out well they are likely to buy a whole fleet of these things. Then they shall spread their buttery justice over our great toast like nation, oozing their peace and love into our every nook and cranny.

Don't you feel so very safe and happy?

5:46 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Abel said...

No matter how bad the economy gets, the government will find cost-efficient ways to oppress us. Hooray.

12:21 PM  
Anonymous smartass sob said...

No matter how bad the economy gets, the government will find cost-efficient ways to oppress us.

Government always stays on top no matter how poor the non-government population is. Rulers have never done without unless it was something that just couldn't be had at any price. Depressing, isn't it?

2:05 PM  
Blogger rhhardin said...

The Goodyear blimp flies higher over Pennsylvania in the hunting season, if that mitigates the terror.

I'd assume they're using these things also to seek out U-boats. That's the traditional role.

6:35 PM  

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