Great news: Sequester doesn’t stop DHS Bagpipe Corps

posted at 8:41 am on April 11, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Remember when the sequester — which reduced federal spending by a whopping 2.3% annually after a 27% increase since 2007 — meant the end of all services and a baton to the kneecap of the US economy? White House tours got canceled, and Cabinet Secretaries went on television to warn about layoffs and furloughs.  DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano told voters that the reduction in funds would mean fewer TSA agents and much longer waits to get groped in airports, a truly frightening thought.

Thank goodness, though, that it doesn’t mean any cutbacks to Napolitano’s bagpipe corps. DHS just opened a bid request for “Bagpipe and Drum Supplies” for its Customs and Border Protection division (via Twitchy):

This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in FAR Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice.The solicitation number is PR20074261 and is issued as an invitation for bids (IFB), unless otherwise indicated herein.The solicitation document and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular FAC 2005-66. The associated North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code for this procurement is 339992 with a small business size standard of 500.00 employees.This requirement is a [ Small Business ] set-aside and only qualified offerors may submit bids.The solicitation pricing on www.FedBid.com will start on the date this solicitation is posted and will end on 2013-04-17 11:30:00.0 Eastern Time or as otherwise displayed at www.FedBid.com.FOB Destination shall be Washington, DC 20229

The DHS Customs and Border Protection requires the following items, Brand Name or Equal, to the following:
LI 001: Carbon Bagpipe Drone Reed Set, 5, EA;
LI 002: Bagpipe Chanter Reeds-Easy, 12, EA;
LI 003: Bagpipe Chanter Reeds-Medium, 12, EA;
LI 004: Deluxe Bagpipe Bag Covers w/ Non-slip Grap Patch and Zipper, 5, EA;
LI 005: Drone Cords, 5, EA;
LI 006: Highland Bagpipe Tuner and Metronome with cases, 2, EA;
LI 007: Combination Tuner and Metronome, 6, EA;
LI 008: Black Polypenco Bagpipes w/ cases, 10, EA;
LI 009: Polypenco Bagpipe Chanter, 10, EA;
LI 010: Bellows Blown Blackwood Smallpipes in “A” w/ cases, 4, EA;
LI 011: Black waxed bagpipe hemp, 4, EA;
LI 012: Real Beeswax, 4, EA;
LI 013: Long Polypenco Practice Chanters, 10, EA;
LI 014: Bagpipe Tutor Book – VOL 1 C.O.P., 10, EA;
LI 015: Practice Chanter Reed, 10, EA;
LI 016: Rol of Pipe Bag Tie-In cord, 2, EA;
LI 017: Tapered Reamer, 1, EA;
LI 018: PiobMaster 2.3 CD ROM-Bagpipe music writing software, 1, EA;
LI 019: Pipe Band Base Drum Carrier, 2, EA;
LI 020: Folding Bass Drum Stand, 1, EA;
LI 021: Inverness Rain Cape, 14, EA;
LI 022: Glengarry Plain, 15, EA;
LI 023: Snare Drum Stand, 4, EA;
LI 024: Pipe Band Snare Drums-Black, 4, EA;
LI 025: Snare Carrier-Silver, 4, EA;
LI 026: 16″ x 12″ Pipe Band Tenor Drum, 4, EA;
LI 027: 18″ Bodhran Pack w/ Beater, 4, EA;
LI 028: Deluxe triple function drum sling, 2, EA;
LI 029: Heavy Duty Tenor Drum leg rest, 2, EA;
LI 030: Drum-Mount Snare Drum stick bag, 4, EA;
LI 031: Heavy Duty Drum Key, 2, EA;
LI 032: Short Black Classic Tenor Mallets, 3, EA;
LI 033: Black Bass Beaters, 2, EA;
LI 034: TyFry Tenor Tutor Tenor Instruction DVD/CDROM, 1, EA;
LI 035: Snare Stick Set, 10, EA;
LI 036: Square Tenor/Snare Drum Case, 5, EA;
LI 037: Spats Canvas-White, 20, EA;
LI 038: Hose-Blue, 14, EA;
LI 039: Flashes-Red, 14, EA;
LI 040: Leather Day Sporrans-Black, 14, EA;
LI 041: Horsehair Sporrans, 14, EA;
LI 042: Sgian Dubhs, 14, EA;
LI 043: Shipping/Handling/Delivery, 1, EA;

Twenty pairs of spats, eh?  Say, that would look pretty darned cool next to an X-ray machine, or at least it would make the gropefest at airports look a little classier.  High hats and Arrow collars, white spats and fifteen dollars, spending every dime for a wonderful time!

Roll Call’s Jonathan Strong can’t quite believe it:

Hey, maybe this is a new deterrent for the Border Patrol. Instead of a wall, we just play bagpipe music until illegal immigrants — excuse me, undocumented Democrats — give up in utter despair and go back home.  It kept the English out of Scotland for a few centuries, I think.

Small wonder that Gallup’s latest poll shows that half of Americans have no opinion on the sequester, and that the percentage of respondents believing it to be bad has remained constant:

Americans’ views of the budget sequestration have changed little since the cuts went into effect more than a month ago, despite the increased discussion of the effect on government employees and the decisions on the part of some officials to voluntarily return part of their pay as a result. Currently, 49% of Americans do not know enough to say if the sequestration budget cuts have been good for the country, and 57% say the same about the effect on themselves personally — both little changed from a month ago. Of those with an opinion, more say the cuts have been bad rather than good.

At the beginning of March, the good/bad/indifferent quotient overall was 18/30/51; today, it’s 18/31/49, essentially identical.  When asked about personal impact in March, it was 17/26/55, and now it’s 14/25/57.  Perhaps if they’re forced to listen to the DHS Bagpipe Ensemble, those numbers might change significantly, but so far Sequestrageddon has been a huge flop, and this is one reason why no one takes government-cuts hysteria seriously.

That’s the bad news. The good news? This shows that you can’t stop the music, not even with heinous government-spending cuts:


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Our government is a joke, a clown-packed joke. THIS is what all those Americans fought and died for during the Revo War, to create an institution full of retards like Bark and Napolitano? What a waste.

Bishop on April 11, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Cripe

cmsinaz on April 11, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Sequester did not reduce federal spending. It lowered the amount of increase YoY.

And of course the elite will eat well and have their circuses while the peons struggle. That’s the script so what is shocking about it?

I guess rubbing our noses in it does go a bit too far.

platypus on April 11, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Maybe the concept of “next shift” is being upgraded to “Changing Of The Guard”.

pilamaye on April 11, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Well, they’ve got to “blow” something…..

ToddPA on April 11, 2013 at 8:48 AM

And dear leaders budget brings those cuts back in….

Cuts?

cmsinaz on April 11, 2013 at 8:48 AM

The answer is the same as always: because they can. Impunity brings contempt. In a year or two, we will stop pretending to be shocked by such juicy tidbits, and turn into a perfect flock of sheep in anything but appearances.

Archivarix on April 11, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Bishop,

Spot on.

Can you imagine being a youth today that was going to sign up and give up some of the best years of your life, risk death and injury and the hardship of the military life for this?

It is a testimonial to the true greatness of our men/women in service. They continueto serve and love our country in spite of these people undermining the constitution and our lifestyle just so they can push their satanic beliefs on all of us.

acyl72 on April 11, 2013 at 8:52 AM

GAYS / GUNS / AMNESTY.

Today, it’s “GUNS”……….Hot Air Warriors, assume the positions.

Melllllllllllllllt the phonnnnnnnnnnnes!

PappyD61 on April 11, 2013 at 8:52 AM

The order has been cancelled according to Drudge. I guess there are some things even progressives can’t justify.

Naturally Curly on April 11, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Maybe they need the bag-pipers to lead the march of the red brown coats, with their 2 billion rounds of hollow-point ammo.

Dasher on April 11, 2013 at 8:55 AM

It could be the reason that DHS is able to afford this because the USCIS earns income for the Department.

NorthernCross on April 11, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Meanwhile the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels are grounded.

ErnstBlofeld on April 11, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Nothing shows DHS priorities like a bunch of guys playing agony bags. Canceled or not, just the notion they planned to spend that money in the first place should offend the daylights out of every American.

“Secure the border? What border?”

Liam on April 11, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Interestingly, the photo for this little story is named bagpipes-fatbastard. Can’t get more descriptive than that! BTW, you have to perfect the Scottish brogue rolling “r” for the “tard” part.

ExpressoBold on April 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM

The order has been cancelled

Naturally Curly on April 11, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Getting caught’s a b*tch, huh Janet.

petefrt on April 11, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Umm, guys, the notice is a Cancellation of the offer.

Cricket624 on April 11, 2013 at 9:17 AM

oops, should have read the last few posts. Sorry.

Cricket624 on April 11, 2013 at 9:18 AM

The order has been cancelled

Naturally Curly on April 11, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Perhaps Big Sis got a call from on high telling her that unless she wants to be on a steady diet of Haggis for the duration of her term in office, she better cancel that order.

pilamaye on April 11, 2013 at 9:18 AM

The answer is the same as always: because they can. Impunity brings contempt. In a year or two, we will stop pretending to be shocked by such juicy tidbits, and turn into a perfect flock of sheep in anything but appearances.

Archivarix on April 11, 2013 at 8:52 AM

That, or they are pushing pushing pushing us to snap, and something terrible will happen.

Followed by a governmental iron fist.

/tinfoil hat off

tru2tx on April 11, 2013 at 9:19 AM

acyl72 on April 11, 2013 at 8:52 AM

I can barely imagine and give great credit to today’s men and women serving in the face of the dopes who are their civilian command. Honestly I also give credit to the normal people who work in the TSA too, they aren’t all groping rejects, some of them really do care about being professional but their high command is a joke.

I served in the military under Reagan and I felt like a million dollars for doing so because the country was one giant promise of success at the time. Sam Kinnison said it best: “This is America! Reagan is President and Clint Eastwood (mayor of Carmel, CA) has his own police force!”

Now? Now it’s like we’re all waiting for something big and doomful to occur, we’re expecting it at least I am.

Bishop on April 11, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Good lord, these Obama shyster politicians are ripping us off as fast as they can spend the money.

rplat on April 11, 2013 at 9:23 AM

excuse me, undocumented Democrats

HA! Freaking awesome!

Ed, that is priceless! I’m stealing that one.

Patriot Vet on April 11, 2013 at 9:25 AM

The order has been cancelled

Naturally Curly on April 11, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Well FWIW, that’s a few less windbags in DC.

lynncgb on April 11, 2013 at 9:31 AM

DHS is a slow motion, bag pipe honking, sad clown posse, feeling up your private parts.

Catahoula on April 11, 2013 at 9:31 AM

U.S. Coast Guard Pipe Band (Atlanta Detachment) comes under The Department of Homeland Security.
What this dose show is the SPEED of INCOMPLETE reporting that can run through the internet. Just as important is The Department of Homeland Security is to big and has it’s fingers into to many areas.

jpcpt03 on April 11, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Guess Janet wants her own band, just like the President.

GarandFan on April 11, 2013 at 9:41 AM

I suspect they wanted to be like the military branches, with their various Dud & Bungle Corps; or like some police forces, where you can see the bagpipe band decked out for funeral processions and the occasional holiday parade. Because, really, they’re jealous – jealous of all these other organizations that have credibility and respect from the people (and can look really snazzy in a parade!). Of course, those other organizations didn’t come into existence with one of their main functions being a violation of our Constitutional rights (TSA).

GWB on April 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM

excuse me, undocumented Democrats

HA! Freaking awesome!

Ed, that is priceless! I’m stealing that one.

Patriot Vet on April 11, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Go for it! Ed stole it from Jay Leno.

SagebrushPuppet on April 11, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Meanwhile the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels are grounded.

ErnstBlofeld on April 11, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Because they are decidedly more popular with the American people than the DHS.

CurtZHP on April 11, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Oh, and….

TROLL FREE THREAD!!

CurtZHP on April 11, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Bid was put out April 10, 10:03 a.m.

Bid was modified to cancelled April 11, 8:11 a.m.

I guess “just some bloggers” managed to make a change. This would have gone through if some daylight hadn’t been shined on it.

osborn4 on April 11, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Instead of a wall, we just play bagpipe music until illegal immigrants — excuse me, undocumented Democrats — give up in utter despair and go back home.

Might just work. I happened to be driving through a small town near Aberdeen one Saturday when they were holding a regional bagpipe corps competition. The sound surely would have driven the English back to where they belong.

Happy Nomad on April 11, 2013 at 9:55 AM

I guess “just some bloggers” managed to make a change. This would have gone through if some daylight hadn’t been shined on it.

osborn4 on April 11, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Never underestimate the value of mock-worthy reporting.

Happy Nomad on April 11, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Here’s an idea: reinstate the cancelled order for the pipes and fire Janet Napolitano. Then play the pipes 24/7 on our borders. It worked for Scotland to turn the Romans away.

Lourdes on April 11, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Every year on the Sul Ross campus in Texas they have a memorial for all the fallen or injured members of the BP and the local law enforcement in the previous year.

Bagpipes are always on hand to play, usually Amazing Grace. Bagpipers are always present at such events. Around the country.

This is a long standing tradition for servicemen and law enforcement, firefighters etc.

So I think we should cut them some slack on this one. I am pleased that this purchase, which I don’t know is necessary or not, at least comports with long honored traditions supporting the service of BP and law enforcement. Heavens knows they are getting screwed so many other ways, at least they deserve a proper send off.

tlclark on April 11, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Might just work. I happened to be driving through a small town near Aberdeen one Saturday when they were holding a regional bagpipe corps competition. The sound surely would have driven the English back to where they belong.

Happy Nomad on April 11, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Being of a notable Clan’s lineage, my mother used to play records of the pipes bein’ played and all our dachsunds would howl and run around in circles and car horns outside would start a-honkin’ and, well, there’s meaning in the pipes.

Lourdes on April 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM

It’s early for this, but, well, some of us have been awake already for a while, so, here it is:

http://youtu.be/_a3FCugMNZE
AC/DC’s Bon Scott Plays the Bagpipes 1976

Lourdes on April 11, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Is DHS for real? Id Obama really for all of America? I think not.

karlinsync on April 11, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Just another Alinskliite shoving their thumb in your eye.

F these people.

Damn them to hell.

tom daschle concerned on April 11, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Hey, now…I like the pipes. :)

But why is DHS buying them?!

Bob's Kid on April 11, 2013 at 10:13 AM

jpcpt03 on April 11, 2013 at 9:41 AM

And they suddenly need a whole new ensemble? Baloney. They probably already have a supplier, as well. There’s only a need to put this out on fbo.gov because it’s a big, all-in-one purchase.

GWB on April 11, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Just another Alinskliite shoving their thumb in your eye.

F these people.

Damn them to hell.

tom daschle concerned on April 11, 2013 at 10:08 AM

I agree as to the “Obama and personnel” aspect of this, even if the attempted purchase was for rightly resupply or refurbishing reasons. Obama created his monster for purposes of destruction of others — his “sequestration” concept — and it backfired on him, as all monsters eventually do to their evil creators.

Lourdes on April 11, 2013 at 10:13 AM

I actually like bagpipes. But this is ridiculous.

WannabeAnglican on April 11, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Being of a notable Clan’s lineage, my mother used to play records of the pipes bein’ played and all our dachsunds would howl and run around in circles and car horns outside would start a-honkin’ and, well, there’s meaning in the pipes.

Lourdes on April 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Well that’s what you get for exposing those little German dogs to Scottish music.

Happy Nomad on April 11, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Drudge is reporting this order is now cancelled. I guess this was too embarrassing even for the Obama Regime.

And I can you CAN stop the music. :)

WannabeAnglican on April 11, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Title shoule be updated.

Great news: Sequester doesn’t stop DHS Bagpipe Corps
Even Greater News: Bloggers DO stop DHS Bagpipe Corps

osborn4 on April 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM

In competent hands I admit to liking bagpipe music in short doses. My uncle’s Army funeral included the pipes and it was beautiful actually.

Bishop on April 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM

In my city the Fiesta fireworks at Ft Sam have been cancelled, and so has the November Airshow. Not vital functions, but two things that I look forward to every year.

juliesa on April 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM

excuse me, undocumented Democrats

HA! Freaking awesome!

Ed, that is priceless! I’m stealing that one.

Patriot Vet on April 11, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Go for it! Ed stole it from Jay Leno.

SagebrushPuppet on April 11, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Who stole it from Rush.

LeftCoastRight on April 11, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Would it be a violation of the separation of church & state to ask the DHS to play “Amazing Grace” at America’s funeral?

hoosiermama on April 11, 2013 at 10:58 AM

DHS must have thought it was going to have an uptick in funerals, then changed its mind. Or something.

What’s the difference between an bagpipe and an onion?

No tears are shed while cutting up a bagpipe.

Akzed on April 11, 2013 at 10:59 AM

U.S. Coast Guard Pipe Band (Atlanta Detachment) comes under The Department of Homeland Security.

jpcpt03 on April 11, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Every year on the Sul Ross campus in Texas they have a memorial for all the fallen or injured members of the BP and the local law enforcement in the previous year.

Bagpipes are always on hand to play, usually Amazing Grace. Bagpipers are always present at such events. Around the country.
tlclark on April 11, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Private Pipers buy their own pipes with their own money. The government shouldn’t be buying pipes for pipers.

LoganSix on April 11, 2013 at 11:02 AM

U.S. Coast Guard Pipe Band (Atlanta Detachment) comes under The Department of Homeland Security.

jpcpt03 on April 11, 2013 at 9:41 AM

USCG used to be a part of DOT, but was moved to DHS after the original 9/11.

Del Dolemonte on April 11, 2013 at 11:24 AM

In competent hands I admit to liking bagpipe music in short doses. My uncle’s Army funeral included the pipes and it was beautiful actually.

Bishop on April 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM

You haven’t lived until you’ve heard “8 Miles High” (The Byrds) done on jazz bagpipes. Rufus Harley!

Del Dolemonte on April 11, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Hey, maybe this is a new deterrent for the Border Patrol. Instead of a wall, we just play bagpipe music until illegal immigrants — excuse me, undocumented Democrats — give up in utter despair and go back home. It kept the English out of Scotland for a few centuries, I think.

I’m surprised they don’t have mariachi bands to welcome America’s undocumented Democrats.

Buy Danish on April 11, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Wow. This additional gem is from the GSA website:

Classification Code:
77 — Musical instruments, phonographs & home-type radios

I’m surprised 8 track players and whale oil aren’t on the list of classification codes.

Buy Danish on April 11, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Learn from this:

Department of Homeland Security is just to damn big an complex.
The Government has created such a complex bureaucratic system that it is nearly impossible to understand.
The contract was not canceled. It was moved to 100% small business minority owned set-aside. Only one interested company,

Sam Katabji from B & H International, Bakerfield, Ca
their company statement reads

“Welcome to B & H. We are a small woman owned business dedicated to fulfilling the procurement needs of the United States Armed Forces and other DOD agencies wherever they might be stationed around the world.”

jpcpt03 on April 11, 2013 at 1:40 PM

jpcpt03 on April 11, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Like I said, DHS et al are seemingly preparing for an uptick in funerals, and I don’t think they’d be sending pipers to the funerals of their victims to play Amazing Grace.

Therefore, they foresee enough casualties on their side to keep all these pipers busy.

Akzed on April 11, 2013 at 1:56 PM

FWIW
Re: “Undocumented democrats” I first heard it on the Howie Carr radio show from Boston, even before I heard it on Rush.

gbear on April 11, 2013 at 4:20 PM

This Company B & H international may be a great outfit and totally up front.

BUT:

1. They have no background in BagPipes.
2. They are a middle man drop shipper.
3. They get special considerations in procurement because they have a minority woman as owner.
4. They only have 4 employees.
5. They will go online and by the items.
6. They will mark up the items.
7. The Government will pay what ever they are told to pay.
8. No open bidding, no over sight, no questions asked.

This looks like what is referred to as a “funnel company”. Over priced payments go in and a new non approved defense endeavor comes out.

Wake up you silly rabbits, you didn’t shut down anything.
All you “News” agency out their missed the real story by a mile.

jpcpt03 on April 11, 2013 at 6:16 PM

The great Scottish tradition of groping others while they wait in line is also followed over at DHS, too. Just ask anyone who has dealt with the TSA at an airport checkpoint.

famous amos on April 11, 2013 at 6:18 PM