Friday, February 29, 2008

Recent DEM and GOP Clusterphuks

Add-on armor too heavy to use.

And those troop-supporting Democrats want to know what took it so long to get there.

The add-on armor known as Frag Kit 6 could overwhelm all MRAPs unless they undergo "major redesigns," Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., says in a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss, said he will raise questions about the delays in fielding MRAPs when Army and Marine officials appear Thursday before the House Armed Services subcommittee he chairs.

"I will be raising all of this … the lack of a sense of urgency, the lack of accountability, and most of all the lack of their willingness to articulate a desire to do better — the attitude that this is the cost of war," Taylor said.

Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., said he asked Gates two months ago to explain delays in deploying MRAPs but has not received a response.

Richardson’s Universal Health Disaster: The governor’s big-government experiment failed on the launch pad.

Maybe HRC will make him VP and put him in charge of health care.

Richardson’s efforts to achieve government-mandated health-care coverage in New Mexico have foundered, at least to this point, on fiscal and economic reality. In fact, were health care not a life-and-death issue for so many, the entire episode might make for a great comedy.

It became apparent right from the start that Richardson’s people had not done their homework. The consulting firm Mathematica Policy Research was hired to study the state’s health-care proposal. (It had previously done such work for Maine’s Dirigo program, drastically underestimating the costs.) The problem was, Mathematica’s numbers proved to be phony.

But hold on there friends, we at Dinah Lord are nothing but gimlet eyed when it comes to bureaucratic clusterphuk and the Republicans are not immune...

Virtual fence pretty much a miserable failure.


Words fail me.

GAO investigators said that Boeing's software could not process large amounts of sensor data. The resulting delays made it hard for operators in a Tucson command center 65 miles to the north to lock cameras on targets. Radar systems were also triggered inadvertently by rain and other environmental factors. Cameras had trouble resolving images at five kilometers when they were expected to work at twice that distance, Stana said.

He added that the system was developed with "minimal input" from Border Patrol agents, resulting in an unworkable "demonstration project" instead of a operating pilot system. He blamed the DHS for acting too hastily in trying to deliver a working pilot by last June.

The effort produced "a product that did not fully meet user needs, and the project's design will not be used as the basis for future . . . development,"