10 April 2013

By James Smith

PrepperPodcast

Updated 11 April 2013

I can’t believe this, but the solicitation has been cancelled effective 8:11 AM this morning.

Added: Apr 11, 2013 8:11 am

cancelled per the Commissioner’s Office

Original story follows:

Amazing Grace, the mournful wail heard at military funerals, is frequently played on a bagpipe for maximum effect.

And Homeland Security (DHS)  wants to buy bagpipes and drum supplies, as well as associated sundries to teach Federal Employees to play and write bagpipe music. All to be delivered to Washington, DC.

This is not a belated April Fools Joke.

The following are the 43 items that DHS has requested to purchase. Please, hold the haggis jokes:

Item No Description Qty Unit
1 Carbon Bagpipe Drone Reed Set 5 EA
2 Bagpipe Chanter Reeds-Easy 12 EA
3 Bagpipe Chanter Reeds-Medium 12 EA
4 Deluxe Bagpipe Bag Covers w/ Non-slip Grap Patch and Zipper 5 EA
5 Drone Cords 5 EA
6 Highland Bagpipe Tuner and Metronome with cases 2 EA
7 Combination Tuner and Metronome 6 EA
8 Black Polypenco Bagpipes w/ cases 10 EA
9 Polypenco Bagpipe Chanter 10 EA
10 Bellows Blown Blackwood Smallpipes in “A” w/ cases 4 EA
11 Black waxed bagpipe hemp 4 EA
12 Real Beeswax 4 EA
13 Long Polypenco Practice Chanters 10 EA
14 Bagpipe Tutor Book – VOL 1 C.O.P. 10 EA
15 Practice Chanter Reed 10 EA
16 Rol of Pipe Bag Tie-In cord 2 EA
17 Tapered Reamer 1 EA
18 PiobMaster 2.3 CD ROM-Bagpipe music writing software 1 EA
19 Pipe Band Base Drum Carrier 2 EA
20 Folding Bass Drum Stand 1 EA
21 Inverness Rain Cape 14 EA
22 Glengarry Plain 15 EA
23 Snare Drum Stand 4 EA
24 Pipe Band Snare Drums-Black 4 EA
25 Snare Carrier-Silver 4 EA
26 16″ x 12″ Pipe Band Tenor Drum 4 EA
27 18″ Bodhran Pack w/ Beater 4 EA
28 Deluxe triple function drum sling 2 EA
29 Heavy Duty Tenor Drum leg rest 2 EA
30 Drum-Mount Snare Drum stick bag 4 EA
31 Heavy Duty Drum Key 2 EA
32 Short Black Classic Tenor Mallets 3 EA
33 Black Bass Beaters 2 EA
34 TyFry Tenor Tutor Tenor Instruction DVD/CDROM 1 EA
35 Snare Stick Set 10 EA
36 Square Tenor/Snare Drum Case 5 EA
37 Spats Canvas-White 20 EA
38 Hose-Blue 14 EA
39 Flashes-Red 14 EA
40 Leather Day Sporrans-Black 14 EA
41 Horsehair Sporrans 14 EA
42 Sgian Dubhs 14 EA
43 Shipping/Handling/Delivery 1 EA

No notice was provided if the solicitation was subject to sequestration limits, which means this will all come to fruition.

Clearly, this is sand in the face of the American Taxpayer.

In September, 2012, DHS requested to buy 12 McLellan bagpipes at the tune of 27,060. For the same price, they could have bought 27 of the same pipes from Amazon.

There is no logical reason to buy 10 more bagpipes. This is either going to be used for graft, or political payback.

This also raises the question: Who’s funeral are they playing at?