Tanks for our safety

If you’ve been losing sleep because of the scarcity of tanks in Butte County, you’re in luck. According to a recent article in the Oroville Mercury-Register, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office and the Chico Police Department plan to use a pending Homeland Security grant to buy an armored vehicle.

What a good idea. The courageous defenders of freedom who ordered raids on all those people last year over lawful medical cannabis just because they could get away with it want a fucking tank. A year after that travesty of justice and good sense a handful of arrests have been made, sometimes for something the goons found rifling through the victims’ possessions, including their hard drives. We allow so many laws to exist that few people could stand the scrutiny we currently let governments impose on us, and I’m guessing such people are insufferably dull.

Technically, our brave peace officers don’t plan to buy a tank. They plan to buy a tactical armored vehicle, probably with a turret gun port on top, running boards, a battering ram, and tires that work even if they’re flat, but I bet when they come for your ass the lack of tracks won’t matter.

The Butte County non-tank is expected to hold three or four people and cost $230,000, depending on options. Although clearly a toy, it’s a necessity now because this one time cops used a dump truck from the city to get close to a suspect in Butte Creek Canyon who had them pinned down by gunfire. It seems like creative use of a dump truck to me and frugal to boot, but for cops it means now they need a tank.

Chico Police Sgt. Rob Merifield allegedly said, “The vehicle will probably be deployed to every incident in the county where there is a potential for an armed standoff or where police officers face extreme hazards.” Since the potential for an armed standoff exists anywhere there are cops, the Butte County tank is likely to be busy. I wonder what kind of gas mileage it gets.

On the other hand, the article in question was written by the same reporter who did such a sloppy job on the story about Gregory Wright’s latest catastrophe. Maybe he got it wrong again and our local heroes actually want to put that money into compensation and services for the people locked up in Butte County for victimless crimes, where the only one with a beef is the arresting officer. Maybe they plan to use the money for meditation and mindfulness training for themselves and their underlings. Or maybe they’re gonna buy a tank.

Posted Thursday, June 30th, 2011 under fear, meditation, mindfulness, police, Uncategorized.


  1. Butte county cops already have an armored car- but since it doesn’t have a turret with a gun port apparently it isn’t deadly enough-

  2. I feel much safer knowing we will be protected from each other; who will protect us from the actual bosses and operators of the “armored vehicle”?

  3. BA & WB Hough says:

    Tanks for your insightful article in the June 30 CNR. We appreciate your ability to bring enlightened perspective to issues that most people would otherwise never consider. We hope lots of folks read your stuff. Wade and Bettie Ann Hough

  4. Alice Russell says:

    Anthony, I just got the opportunity to read the June 30th issue of CN&R, From The Edge Article: “Tanks for our Safety”. It is refreshing to hear that someone has a brain with insight and not afraid to open their mouth. Thumbs up to you!
    Alice Russell

  5. Well, I’m not in Chico, and let’s hope things do not get as bad as they are in Chicago, The thugs are gunning down every one and every thing in Chicago. I believe there have been five or six police officers this year alone. One thing is clear. As the economy gets worse crime and desperation mounts. Our politicians need to be drug down here with the rest of us, maybe, just maybe they will turn things around.

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