Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Is This Really The Best Group To Be Doing This?

Who better to partner with schools to educate the public about child sex abuse in the wake of the Penn State scandal than the organization that perpetrated the biggest child abuse scandal of our time? Yep the poster child for child rape, the Catholic Church, wants to help.
The Roman Catholic Church is willing to partner with American educational institutions to educate the public about child sex abuse after the Penn State scandal, according to the head of the U.S. church.

"One of the good things God might bring out of this evil and this tragedy would be now some type of alliance between religion and the educational establishment in a major national campaign to see that this is faced head on," said Archbishop Timothy Dolan, the top Catholic official in the United States.
You just can't make this stuff up.

Apparently $6.2 Billion Doesn't Go As Far As It Used To

Having been stationed on 3 different aircraft carriers during my time in the Navy I can remember when $6.2 billion would buy US taxpayers a ship that had toilets that usually worked at least somewhere. True we had many issues in isolated areas of the ship often caused by clothing or some other type of foreign object being flushed but what is going on onboard the Navy's newest carrier, the George H.W. Bush, is something else altogether.
The Navy’s newest aircraft carrier has a messy problem. Since deploying in May, the Norfolk, Va.-based carrier George H.W. Bush has grappled with widespread toilet outages, at times rendering the entire ship without a single working head.

But it’s no laughing matter. Sailors tell of combing the ship for up to an hour to find a place to do their business, if they can find one at all. Others have resorted to urinating in showers or into the industrial sinks in their work stations. Some men are using bottles and emptying the contents over the giant ship’s side, while some women are holding it in for so long that they are developing health problems, according to sources on the ship.
The article goes on to document that since the ship was commissioned in early 2009, the poor snipes in the Bush's engineering department have spent over 10,000 man hours keeping the waste system operational including at least one 35 hour stretch where not one of the 400 plus toilets worked.

So what does the Navy have to say about their $6 billion dollar plumbing headache?

Instead of calling out the contractor who supplied the system that the Navy freely admits was designed with unusually narrow waste pipes, they blame the sailors on the USS Bush all while claiming that a 94% uptime for the system that has no back up is acceptable.
The Navy, in a written statement, acknowledged problems with the system since the ship was delivered in May 2009. Sailors have spent more than 10,000 man hours addressing the toilets’ vacuum system on this deployment, averaging roughly 25 calls per week for commode problems. Most problems were fixed within 24 hours, with some requiring just a few minutes of work, said a statement from Naval Air Force Atlantic, adding that the ship had a “94 percent availability of commodes” throughout the deployment.

AIRLANT said most issues occurred when inappropriate materials were flushed down the toilets. Sailors onboard the ship said that everything from feminine hygiene products to clothes have been unclogged from the network of pipes. When used as intended, the system works well and most problems can be fixed in minutes, AIRLANT said.
As a former sailor I can tell you that of course 94% availability is fine...as long as you don't have to go during the other 6% and throw in a few 35 hour system wide outages and 94% doesn't look as rosy. Even on the USS Midway, a 45 year old ship at the time I was stationed on her, these types of outages were unheard of but would at least be understandable. But on a 2 year old state of the art carrier?

Come on now...

Monday, November 14, 2011

Hot Coffee

Tort reform has been a buzz word in our political landscape for quite some time. Who couldn't be against getting rid of frivolous lawsuits right?

Susan Saladoff, director of the HBO documentary Hot Coffee, explains that tort reform isn't the silver bullet that we have been led to believe.


If you have HBO I recommend that you see this via OnDemand or HBO Go if not, the DVD is now available. Watch it!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Supposed Family Oriented Hate Group Gives 100% Rating To Rep That Refuses To Pay Child Support

The South Dakota War College recently made a big deal over the Family Research Council's (FRC) 0% rating given to South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson. So with that in mind I figured I would add some perspective and show what exactly someone must do to gain the approval of the group which made the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of hate groups.

Illinois freshman House Republican Joe Walsh was recently awarded a 100% rating from the FRC for what they called his "unwavering support of the family" and Walsh was more than happy to accept.
“We thank Cong. Walsh who has voted consistently to defend faith, family and freedom,” said FRCA President Tony Perkins. “Cong. Walsh and other ‘True Blue Members’ have voted to repeal Obamacare, de-fund Planned Parenthood, end government funding for abortion within the health care law, uphold the Defense of Marriage Act, and continue support for school choice. I applaud their commitment to uphold the institutions of marriage and family.”

“I am proud and honored to be recognized by the Family Research Council as the only member from Illinois with a 100 percent pro-family voting record,” Walsh said in a news release. “Defending American values have always been one of my top priorities, and this reward reaffirms my dedication to that fight.”
So what exactly are some of Walsh's family value highlights? How about allegedly being over $100,000 behind on his child support payments.
The freshman congressman's ex-wife, Laura Walsh, filed the claim against him in December as part of their divorce case, saying he owed $117,437 to her and their three children, the Chicago Sun-Times reported in a story published Wednesday. She contends that Walsh loaned his own campaign $35,000 and took international vacations but said he couldn't afford child support payments because he was between jobs or out of work.
Sounds pretty pro family to me, too bad Senator Johnson can't live up to these standards...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Milking The Gullible Continues To Be Profitable

You would think that selling yourself as the doomsday prophet and then having the date of your prophecy come and go without incident would be bad for your reputation but what about 3 times?

Harold Camping, the Family Radio preacher who predicted the end of the world for the first time way back in 1994, has apparently left the rapture business after incorrectly predicting it not once but twice this year alone.
For the past five months, Harold Camping's Family Radio website had posted on its main page an "explanation" of why the world did not end on May 21 and why it would truly end on Oct. 21. Four days after Camping's failed doomsday date, however, that explanation has been removed, suggesting that Family Radio may be out of the rapture prediction business.
But before anyone starts to feel sorry for the man who's supposed unquestioned faith proved to be wrong you should know that playing on the beliefs of the faithful can be quite profitable, like 75 million dollar profitable. Certainly no vow of poverty for this preacher...

So what is worse, predicting the end of days at least 3 different times by pulling arbitrary dates out of your rear end and banking millions while doing it or sending money to the guy who did?

So in honor of Harold Camping, I predict the rapture will happen January 3rd, 2024 (no particular biblical reason, I just pulled the date out of my ass). Any Camping follower or anyone else that truly believes, feel free to send money to me at the link in my sidebar so I can spread the word.