Posted by: towmasters | March 1, 2009

ReTWICulous: Beware The Mule Skinners!

Yes, it’s true. Mule skinners (drivers) pose a threat to national security. This must be so because why else would they be required to have a TWIC? To be fair, the letter of the law says that anyone with a CG-issued mariner credential must also have a TWIC by the April 15th deadline or face suspension or revocation (S&R) action from the Coasties. But come on, have we really been reduced to this level of bureaucratic idiocy? It looks like the new DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, the level-headed and pragmatic former-attorney general and governor of Arizona, might just sort this out in favor of sanity. But the fact that this has required congressional intervention is simply mind boggling. Surely this could have been handled satisfactorily at a lower level. Read the whole story of the Mule Skinner’s Blues at CNN, and I hereby thank Capt. Richard Rodriguez and his excellent PNW-oriented BitterEnd blog for the news flash.



  1. Honokohau Harbor in Kona,Hawaii is a Public Harbor and Home to Sportfishing Boats,Dive Boats,Whale Watch Boats Ect.Honokohau is a Public Facility with Stores,Restuarants,Gas Stations,2 Launch Ramps(5000 trailer boats use)2 Boat Yards and Flow Through Traffic.The Homeless live in the Harbor area and Drug Dealers use the Payphones. But!! The Licenced Captains(37 years)with Million Dollar Insureance on “U.S.C.G.Documented Vessels”need the TWIC Cards?In Honokohau Harbor theres a Bare Boat Rental Business where anyone with $300.oo or a Credit Card can Load a 20ft boat and Go anywhere they want but the Licenced Captains need TWIC Cards?I’ve got Letters of Reconindation and Sea Time in the Honolulu U.S.C.G.Office from 1968 but Need a TWIC Card?We’re a Tourist Industry and Hundreds of Rental Cars a Day Drive through the Harbor But the Business Oweners are Forced to get the TWIC or loose there Livilhood of 37 Years.Someone Please Help Stop the Madness,Write your Senators,S-3377 is the Bill to Support.Thank You Captain Bill Crawford “Chiripa Sportfishing”Kona,Hawaii…

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