Jack Booted Thug Central, or, as "Mad Bob" of the Dogtown Rangers calls it, "The Concrete Asshole of the Universe." The new ATF headquarters in DC.
A tip of the boonie hat and my thanks to BPWZ for forwarding this link to the ATF's Congressional Budget Submission for Fiscal Year 2010. Dated May 2009, it asks for a total of $1,120,772,000.00, of which $1,114,772,000.00 is "Direct Salaries and Expenses." Well paid jack-booted thugs, ain't they?
They also ask for $616,000.00 as part of Operation Gunrunner "to purchase armored vehicles and tracking devices to ensure the safety of ATF personnel."
Supposedly this is to protect their roidal asses when they cross over the border into Mexico. For the money, this is probably just for up-armored Suburbans, and hey, in a billion-plus dollar budget, what's a mere $616,000.00? Chump change. At least they don't have an Air Force of their own anymore.
Of course with ACORN going around to everybody's houses and plugging in their GPS coordinates (as happened to my mother recently in Marion, Ohio)as an alleged part of "the Census," there's no need for direct personal confrontation any more. Just program a cruise missile or Predator, right? (Pity Herod didn't have that technology at his fingertips when he decided to kill all the new-born babies in his kingdom, huh?)
Note: Be sure and get the name, the complete name, from his/her driver's license, of all ACORN volunteers before you refuse to answer their questions. That way, you have as much information on them as, or more, as they are likely to have on you.
Anyway, enjoy perusing the budget request and justifications of the National Bureau of Jack Booted Thugs. After all, it is your tax dollars at work.