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A replacement Marine One helicopter is still on the table…….

Over at Politics One the guys know how I feel about replacing the current fleet of Marine One helicopters….But I’ll repeat my argument because I am overjoyed that the  House has held on, and kept money in the budget to go on with replacing the current aging helicopters…….

The Current Marine One helicopter fleet is made up of several aircraft, of which only two types of choppers actually carry the president. The primary one is the Sikorsky VH-3D, that was put into service starting in 1962 thru 1978……The newer choppers are  Sikorsky VH-60, acquired beginning in 1989…….As you can see these airframes have been in service for almost 30 years!

While the helicopter’s that carry the Commander – in – Chief are kept in pristine condition…the fact remains that the airframes are old, labor intensive and tired……no other aircraft with the service life of these helo’s would be allowed to transport the President of the United States……The President’s plane, Air Force One is  almost 19 years old…and plans are being made to replace those two VC-25\’s which are Boeing 747-200B type aircraft, in the future ( they will be replaced with the new B-747-800 series aircraft).

About two years ago the Marines had a competition for a new Helo between the Sikorsky S-92 and the Lockheed/Augusta-Westland AW101……the L/AW101 won the competition walking away…..With three engines instead of the S-92’s two…..The AW101, a bigger, and roomer air craft,  flew farther and faster , and has an added safety factor of an additional engine. In addition, while the S-92 was a completely new program…the AW Merlin, the English version, had a good number of air hours under its belt when it was picked…….

From the start Sikorsky reverted to a’ buy american’ rational to try to derail the winning choice…..Even while the United States was pushing the American made F-35 against other foreign fighter jets around the world  to countries looking to buy new generation fighters…….

The bad guys in this was the White House Military Office..the place that controls anything military that transports the president, and the Secret Service. Both developed  ‘mission creep’ on the Marine One airframe…..The new Helo , which would only be used to transport the CIC no more than 15 minutes anywhere, was asked to have an executive wash room, an Air Force One comparable communications suite, and other amenities. Of course,  this stuff adds weight to the aircraft…..and weight means a sturdier airframe, which means more weight…bigger rotor blades, stronger engine, etc…all of this stuff means more money…..I will repeat, that these add on’s came from the White House Military Office, and the Secret Service…..not the manufacture (this scenario has been confirmed by the Navy)……so the cost of the contract balloons to $400 million a helo!……

Well, the buy american people now scream that there is a cost over run…….

People…… I like Sec Gates…And I like the President…but on this one they are wrong……..

To cancel this program is asinine…..and clearly wrong…..

The CIC is riding around in a chopper that is almost as old as he is……The Lockheed helo’s are clearly superior to the Sikorsky model’s…..and the government already owns six choppers right now…..the choppers are received in Upstate NY form Europe, and then American workers outfit the AW101’s which have been renamed, the VH-71 Kestrel, by the Marines, and the Navy…

Finally…the Navy will rebid the WHOLE CONTRACT soon because guess what?……The president needs new helicopters!

The last straw is some knuckleheads think that the new bids will be cheaper than keeping the six choppers…….. They already have …….And adding six more to complete the fleet!

Am I missing something here?????

Or is this a round about way of saying we’re going to give the president the loser and the clearly inferior chopper because it’s built by Sikorsky (hint, hint)……

If the President and Sec of Defense veto this …they are doing the American taxpayer, and themselves, a great disservice……..

Note:……for a more in-depth analysis of the situation I have described please check this link to Rotor and Wing……I don’t think I missed the boat, er helicopter here at all…something simply doesn’t make sense on this….

October 16, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics, Travel | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

All of the The Real Housewives of Atlanta scenes with AJ will be used…….

The reason being that the show thought that he was part of the story of the women, and Kandi\’s life…to pull the scene’s would have not been real……..The current show will have you ride along, and be there when Ne Ne Leakes meets her father for the first time……there is a video clip with in the link…….

October 16, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jon Gosselin is being sued by TLC…for locking them away from the kids……

You knew this was coming…….TLC is suing Jon because he has decided that he’s had enough with the channel filming his kids, right?….or did he stop because they x’d him out of the show, due to his off the air behavior with various females…while he’s still married to Kate?

Then there is the allegation from the babysitter that he had liaison with that Jon ‘hacked’ into Kate and his account, against the court order, and withdrew over a 100,000 dollars…….

Like I’ve said before …..this is a messy divorce……

October 16, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Law, Media | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hillary Clinton has just about paid off all of her campaign bills, and has money left over……….

The Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who is now enjoying very good poll numbers has paid off every creditor, except for the political consulting firm owned by her campaign polling person, Mark Penn……after paying Penn’s firm, she would still have more than a million dollars in her campaign’s bank account. Prohibited from doing anything to raise money because of her official position, one wonders what is going to happen to all of that spare change?…….and of course, other people can work to get donations for her campaign fund anytime they want…..Now lets see….Didn’t she say several times this week that she wasn’t gonna run for president?…..I know I heard that…….Right?

October 16, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , | Leave a comment

Jon Stewart on the new GOP website…..

He’s a piece on the website from Jon Strewart,  with video highlights…………

We found this over at Politicalwire.com……..

Ah, it did need some ajusting…….he, he, he

October 16, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Media, Politics | , , | Leave a comment

Christie gives in….he admits he has a weight problem……..

Yes….. he did say that folks………he’s the quote ……

“I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. I know most of you didn’t know this — but the governor’s been whispering this to the press for months and months and months, and now he’s trying to be a little cute about talking about it too through his TV ads. I want to make sure you’re all seated and you’re OK before I let you in on a secret: I’m overweight.”

— New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie (R), quoted by the Press of Atlantic City.


October 16, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Media, Politics | , | 3 Comments

Kal Penn is blogging for the White House………..

The actor , whose real name is Kal Modi, has posted a piece expressing the President\’s best wishes for the holiday of Diwali (the festival of lights) . The White House held a service for the Holiday in the East Room…..A video accompanies the post…….

October 16, 2009 Posted by | Media, Other Things, Politics | , , , , | Leave a comment

It is 2009, right?…..In Louisiana a interracial couple gets denied a marriage license……..

In a country with it’s first biracial president, this is still going on………..A couple gets denied a marriage license in Louisiana because an elected official, Keith Badwell, a justice of the peace, is worried about the children the couple might have and in his experience, most interracial marriage’s don’t last.

Oh, really?……Who appointed him to do racial selection?

And he trys to treat everyone equally.?…..yea, we see that……

Update:……Applications for marriage licenses in the Parish of Tangipahoa must be made three days before the ceremony…there is a 72 hour waiting period…….The  couple need only have a birth certificate and Social Security Card to get married. The license costs $35. The couple’s names are Beth Humphrey, 30 and Terence McKay, 32 , both live in Hammond, Louisiana……..He’s black and she’s white………and  Bardwell says…. “I didn’t tell this couple they couldn’t get married, I just told them I won’t do it”…….

October 16, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Law, Media, Other Things, Politics | , , | 18 Comments