There a saying around Texas that most of our good-ole-boys’ last words are, “Here, Bubba, hold my beer and watch this.”
In Montgomery County – just northeast of Houston – where men are men and sheep are scared, the Sheriff’s Department decided they needed a drone. Yeah, yeah, like the military uses. Do not ask me why the Montgomery Sheriff’s Department needs a drone. I suspect that even they don’t know for sure, but justify it because Deputy Buford T. “Hotsy” Cleburne holds the seven zip code area championship for Final Fantasy IX.
So, they got them a $300,000 drone to go with their 4X4 heavily armored Bearcat. The two of them strongly resemble this:
So, if Islamic terrorists ever try to invade the Sam Houston National Forrest, hell, we’ve got a drone. How they’re gonna see terrorists through the treetops with a drone beats the hell outta me. But, face it, if you had $300,000 of taxpayer money just sitting around mildewing, you’re liable to buy a drone, too.
Now, if you need more information about Montgomery County, here is a living picture of their commissioners court and county judge – the guys who decide how to spend tax money.
A drone is going to be about the only thing those boys can get up.
So, this morning, with much fanfare and beer holding, they test the drone. Witness say, when they are able to talk through much snorting laughter, that it went pretty much like this:
Vanguard CEO Michael Buscher said his company’s prototype drone was flying about 18-feet off the ground when it lost contact with the controller’s console on the ground. It’s designed to go into an auto shutdown mode, according to Buscher, but when it was coming down the drone crashed into the SWAT team’s armored vehicle.
I most certainly am not kidding.
The drone crashed smack dab into the Bearcat. No member of the SWAT team was hurt because they were in the Bearcat. You know, the one that was hit by the drone. At least we know the Bearcat works. But, you probably wouldn’t need it if you didn’t have drones.
Texas, I love yew.
Thanks to Stephen, Carl, and Peter for the heads up.